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Old Bostion court files find a new home with crime history writer

Book author Douglas Wynn receiving old court papers from retired magistrate Bob Andrews, at Waterstones, Boston.

Book author Douglas Wynn receiving old court papers from retired magistrate Bob Andrews, at Waterstones, Boston.

Court files from Boston dating back more than a century have been handed to a crime history author at a book signing session in the town.

Author Douglas Wynn visited the town’s Waterstone’s store in Strait Bargate to sign copies of his latest book – Lincolnshire Villains: Rogues, Rascals and Reprobates.

There he met retired town magistrate Bob Andrews who gave him about 100 court files from the 19th century, dating back as far as 1876.

“He was over the moon,” said Mr Andrews, 74.

“I hope he is able to use some of them in one of his future books.”

Explaining how he obtained the files, he said: “I was a magistrate for 20 years and when we closed the building next to the library a few years ago and moved to Norfolk Street they just binned the old files.”

The files cover a variety of cases heard in Boston from crimes committed across the county. They are written with copperplate handwriting and tied with red ribbons.

“They seemed too lovely to just throw away,” said Mr Andrews. “I thought somebody should keep them so I’m pleased they have now gone to a good home, rather than ending up on the tip.”

As a thank you,Mr Wynn gave Mr Andrews a signed copy of the book.

Speaking to The Standard, the author said he was ‘very pleased’ to accept the gift but doesn’t know if they will inspire a new book as he has yet to go through them all.

Boston Magistrates Court moved to its current premises at Norfolk Street in 2006.

Douglas Wynn’s new book is on sale now, priced £9.99.

Wynn’s other books include: Murder & Crime: Boston.

 

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