Anti-EU calls at town immigration protest

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Anti-immigration protesters vowed that a demonstration in Boston town centre on 
Sunday was merely the start of their campaign.

Estimates of the total crowd in the Market Place ranged from about 150 to more than 300, with many campaigners taking the opportunity to air their frustrations against the European Union.

The crowd was addressed by protesters who have led a grassroots campaign on Facebook against the impact of immigration on the borough.

They called for the Government to cap immigration and say they want to see action to address issues with employment, housing and schools which they say have arisen here.

Many also called for Britain to leave the EU, with Ukip’s Chris Pain making a speech.

Leader Dean Everitt said: “I am not going to give up on this. We’ve had a tremendous amount of support for the first one. We are looking forward to the second one if nothing gets done.”

He added: “The fact it has remained peaceful goes to show we are not a bunch of right wing thugs and we are not racists. We are just everyday people fed up with the situation we have been forced into.”

He said the next demonstration will be in Spalding and eventually he hopes to protest out the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.

A march was originally planned for last year and then postponed when a borough council inquiry into the issue was launched.

That inquiry produced a report that came up with 28 recommendations on issues such as street drinking, vehicle legislation, health care, schools and employment - but the campaign group said it does not go far enough.

Mr Everitt called for MP Mark Simmonds to resign and said the borough council should ‘apologise’ for not being tough enough.

Bob MacAuley, who also addressed the crowds, told The Standard: “People realised what we are about. It is a good message that should go across the nation. Hopefully it will get through to the Government.”

One of the crowd, Michael Golding, said he hopes the protest brings about action on overcrowded houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs).

He said the four-bedroom house next to his former home in Windsor Bank, Boston was transformed into a property for 18 migrant workers.

He added: “When I raised this as an issue I was branded a racist.”

Brian Williams said the the protest was sending a message to the council to ‘wake up’.

He said: “It is a complex issue - there’s a lot of Government legislation involved.”

Chief Insp Paul Timmins said there were ‘no arrests and no problems’ on the day. He confirmed the force did have ‘contingency’ plans should trouble have occurred but chose not to reveal the number of extra officers on the beat.

He told The Standard: “People have gone away thinking they have achieved what they wanted to achieve and had their voice heard.”