May Fair will close early due to anti-social behaviour but police deny rumours of man stabbed in Boston

POLICE have said rumours that a man was stabbed in Boston last night are ‘simply untrue’ but confirmed that the May Fair will shut earlier for the rest of the week due to anti-social behaviour.

Chief Insp Paul Timmins said he wants to dispel myths about serious crime at this year’s May Fair but said small isolated incidents by young people had taken place.

Chief Insp Timmins of Boston Police blamed people drinking at home and then coming into the fair later in the night and causing tensions.

An example was on Wednesday night when a group of young people aged 16 to 19 caused problems with the fairground staff.

Chief Insp Timmins also said a number of people had been trying to whip up trouble on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

He said: “Something we’re having to contend with is that social media element where things can get whipped up.

“We do have officers able to use the social media on patrol and they are attempting to dispel myths.”

He said the number of incidents was similar to in past years and said many of the offenders would probably have been causing trouble on the estates if they were not at the fair.

He said: “It’s almost a normal policing week in terms of the May Fair, we have got adequate officers on patrols and its not out of the ordinary.

“Without giving too much away, the people we have been dealing with are probably people who would normally be causing trouble within the estates.”

He added police had been ‘friendly, but robust’.

When questioned on rumours that a man was stabbed at the fair last night Chief Insp Timmins said there was an incident where someone told an officer that a man had a weapon, however he was searched and no weapon was found.

He added that, following discussion with the council, the fair would now close at 9pm rather than 10.30pm for the rest of the week, to keep the event as family friendly as possible.