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From our archives: Builders unearth human bones

Pictured is builders foreman Kevin Stopper with workmate Ron Arnold.

Pictured is builders foreman Kevin Stopper with workmate Ron Arnold.

1984: Builders investigating subsidence underneath the site of a pulpit in Gosberton Baptist Church got a chilling surprise when they discovered some human remains.

Digging down, the builders first came across a decayed coffin, then found bones and a skull. Once their work was done, the remains were committed back in the same spot with a short service by the Rev Tom Gilles. The church was built in 1666 and extended in 1866. It was believed the bones could be 200 years old.

Pictured is builders foreman Kevin Stopper with workmate Ron Arnold.

Brave female special constable Janice Hoyles helped to rescue 100 pigs from a blazing fire at Friskney.

Janice, 18, helped by companion Malcolm Lyall and neighbour Tom Holland, dived into the flames at Walnut Farm, to force the animals out – with a disregard for her own safety. The farmer’s wife praised her for saving the pigs.

A Boston family’s pet cat suffered horrific injuries after being caught in an illegal trap – and there was alarm as the device could have snared a child.

The cat was missing for 36 hours before dragging himself home with his head still gripped in the vice-like jaws of the metal trap. He was recovering from injuries which included a broken jaw and ripped out claws. His owner said: “Whoever set this must be crazy. If a child had put his hand in there it could have been snapped like a carrot.”

Police were investigating.

1994: Boston town centre had to be sealed off following a bomb scare on a Friday afternoon

Businesses closed down and shops were evacuated after staff at Mackay found a suspicious holdall which had been discarded. Suspicions were aroused because the firm’s parent company had also received a bomb threat.The RAF bomb disposal squad came out and found the bag to be completely innocuous.

Archaeologists unearthed thousands of pieces of Roman pottery at a Wrangle farm. Boston and District Archaeological Society were called out to the scene after a farmer found some pieces.

Animal bones and antlers were also uncovered. The discovery was called ‘quite astounding’ by the society - who said the site was possibly a former Roman abbatoir.

 

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