COUNCIL INQUIRY: Chief Inspector says crime rates are falling in Boston

CRIME is reducing in Boston and more will be done to get officers on the beat and shame people who drop litter or urinate in the street into not offending again, according to the man in charge of policing the borough.

Chief Inspector Paul Timmins came under the spotlight during a two-and-a-half-hour Boston Borough Council meeting last week, the first public session of the authority’s inquiry into the impact of immigration.

Chief Insp Timmins stressed that the town’s migrant population commits no more crimes than English residents and said there are a number of ‘misconceptions’ surrounding foreign nationals.

In a wide-ranging session Chief Insp Timmins revealed that in total crime is down in the last year by 0.2 per cent – about 60 or 70 offences – with violence in the town centre dropping nine per cent and criminal damage falling five per cent.

He also scotched the hope that proving the new number for Boston’s population will give police more cash.

It is widely believed that there are more than 10,000 people living in Boston that are not accounted for on official figures.

Chief Insp Timmins said that even proving this will make no difference to police funding here, with the Government formula favouring cities with tighter packed populations.

He estimated that it would need 750,000 more people to come to Lincolnshire to make any difference to the cash we get.

The council’s task and finish group is examining the ‘social impact of population change in Boston’ in response to concerns raised last year when an anti-immigration protest march was planned for Boston.

Last Thursday’s meeting was attended by march organiser Dean Everitt who, along with councillors, quizzed Chief Inspector Timmins.

Mr Everitt labelled the force a ‘joke’ that did not follow up all cases reported.

Group chairman Coun Paul Kenny: “The dialogue has started. Over the next few months we will continue to have that dialogue.

“It’s clear that we need to speak to the MP. There are clearly some issues for parliament as well as some localised issues.”