From our Archives: ‘Super dog’ finds missing child

Boston Lions wheelbarrow race in 1984
Boston Lions wheelbarrow race in 1984

1974: A Boston police dog who was hailed a hero hound for finding a missing boy was at it again just three weeks later when he located a missing girl.

Alsatian Basko was called out with his handler Pc David Mapplebeck to join 15 police officers for an all-night search for a seven-year-old from Gedney Drove End.

It was Basko’s ears that pricked when the child scrambled from under a hedge in the village at 6am. The youngster had been sleeping under the hedge and was none-the worse for her adventure.

Basko had also helped in six arrests in the Boston police division that year alone.

Two Boston women on holiday in Lanzarote called for a taxi to take them to the town for a drink – and were surprised when a camel turned up.

Ivy Stanhope and Elizabeth Pickett clambered aboard nonetheless, and endured the bumpiest ride of their lives.

The pair were on a cruise with their husbands. 

1984: There was ‘petty prostitution’ and promiscuitysecretly going on at homes in Fenside according to one of the ward councillors for the area.

Coun Bryan Powell claimed many of the flats were occupied by promiscuous women who had men galore hanging around at night – and he described some of the homes as ‘slums’.

Speaking at a housing committee meeting, Coun Powell said: “The majority of people in Fenside are ordinary, law-abiding moral people. But unfortunately some of these single-person flats have been occupied by people who don’t have the same standards.

“They have boys and men going in and out all the time and they’re a centre for promiscuity. If people don’t believe me they should tour Fenside and see the state of some of the properties.

“They’re slums. Petty whoredom goes on. Amateur prostitution.”

Farmers in south Lincolnshire were at risk of being poisoned by insecticide which had killed 50 geese in the region. The warning came from the region’s Trust for Nature Conservation which campaigned for the insecticide Triazophos to be banned.

A trust spokesman said: “It remains highly-toxic for at least two hours after application. People are not aware of how toxic it is.”

Photo: The sponsored Boston Lions wheelbarrow race drew out crowds of support despite the wet weather. Teams that entered the race made a real effort with various fancy dress themes and decorated ‘barrows’.

The event raised £4,000 towards the cost of buying a bus to transport the elderly, among other good causes. Pictured, from the left, are runners-up The Culture Club Cousins, winners the New Inn Bakers and The Five Little Indians, who won the best-dressed juniors category