Faeces and needles found at illegal camp

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HUMAN faeces, soiled mattresses and needles were discovered amongst rubbish surrounding a clearing where rough sleepers had set up a camp.

Two people were found to be living at the site off Spalding Road when it was raided in an official clean up operation on Friday, when a refuse lorry load of rubbish was removed by the Operation Fly Swat team, which has been working to clean up the town for a number of months.

The men, who were known to be Polish nationals, were asked to leave the area and take with them any items they wanted to keep, before the team, comprising council officers, a police officer and prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp, cleared the rest of the site.

Friday’s action followed notices being served on illegal campers in the area earlier this month, in a bid to maintain community safety in the area.

Boston Borough councillor Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for community safety said: “The borough council will not allow illegal encampments to desecrate our historic town and it is determined to improve the public image of Boston for the benefit of both residents and visitors.”

The cost of the clean up was covered by an allocation from the Police Migration Impact Fund. The amount will be charged to the land owners, once their identity is established.

Insp Phil Clark, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to make Boston a better place for those who live, work and visit here. This clean-up initiative has transformed a local eyesore and removed hazardous material from the local community, whilst assistance has been offered to homeless people who were using the area.”