Police say they are tackling anti-social ‘hotspot’

Police on Red Lion Street.
Police on Red Lion Street.

Fears over an anti-social behaviour ‘hotspot’ in Boston has sparked a police dispersal order and increased patrols.

There was an increase in the number of patrol cars in Red Lion Street as the 48-hour order came into effect last week following calls from residents and businesses.

Insp Jim Manning said: “Following a rise in anti-social behaviour centred around Red Lion Street a dispersal order under Section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policy Act 2014 was invoked for 48 hours.

“Since this order’s introduction, reports of ASB have declined.

“My officers will continue to patrol this area as a priority for the foreseeable time.”

Speaking to The Standard, residents and business owners in Red Lion Street said they thought incidents of anti-social behaviour had increased over the last eight-nine months.

They reported groups of people of all ages and nationalities shouting and swearing in the street, gathering on the wall of the Centenary Methodist Church, openly talking about drug-related activities and intimidating people on the street.

Some of the anti-social behaviour has been linked to a homeless hostel on the road, which is currently empty after a number of individuals were given bail conditions not to be near the address.

The hostel is run by Framework which delivers housing-related support services to homeless people in Boston and is funded by Lincolnshire County Council.

Framework services director Lisa Del Buono said: “Recent events in the hostel in Red Lion Street have been totally unacceptable and we will work with partner agencies, including the police and Boston Borough Council ASB Team, to manage this situation, its impact and to agree joint working initiatives in the future.

“Red Lion Street has been a known hotspot for anti-social behavior for some time, though not exclusively relating to the hostel.

“We have been and will continue to work closely with the police, local authority and local residents to ensure that any problems related to this building are managed in a proactive and coordinated way.”

The hostel has six units of ‘move-on’ accommodation and includes 24-hour support.

It has been a facility for homeless people for many years and support was previously delivered by another provider up until new contracts started in July when Framework started delivery of services.