From our Archives: Armed police respond to ‘shooting’

Old Leake Primary School head teacher John Kirk and some of the pupils are pictured adding the final touches to the capsule.
Old Leake Primary School head teacher John Kirk and some of the pupils are pictured adding the final touches to the capsule.

1999: Armed police came under fire from a hail of stones and missiles one afternoon while investigating a shooting in Ingram Road, Boston.

The officers had responded to a call from a neighbour at about 3.15pm that someone had been shot.

But when armed police arrived and surrounded a house, a crowd of children and locals started throwing stones and other things at them – so they withdrew.

A police spokesman later said: “It was decided to withdraw. It’s quite difficult when you have officers with guns and there’s a crowd of people around.”

He added that while it was initially thought to have been a serious incident, they later discovered that it was an air rifle involved and it ‘quickly became a minor incident’.

Police later returned to the scene to continue their investigation, and said a man had been slightly injured in the incident but declined to make a complaint.Enquiries were continuing to find the man who fire the weapon.

l A disabled man from Boston claimed he was nearly thrown from his wheelchair at the newly-opened Bargate Bridge crossing.

Andrew Dawson approached the crossing from Queen’s Road, and having sailed down the first pavement onto the bridge, he said he tried in vain to manoevure himself up the next kerb which he said had not been lowered sufficiently for wheelchair access. In a desperate attempt to get on the pavement, and off the road, Mr Dawson reversed his chair in order to tackle the kerb again.

But this time he became very unstable, and if a passer-by had not helped him, he claims he would have fallen into the road.

He said: “It’s disgusting, we are nearly in the year 2000 and and things are still an obstacle course.”

1989: A woman had a lucky escape when a huge ornamental pillar fell from the second floor of Queensway building in the Market Place and landed inches away from her.

Audrey Hawkins, of Hardiway, Boston, suffered scratches to her foot from flying chips and was left shaken - but apart from that she was unhurt.

Sidney Williamson, of Swineshead, whose car was parked in front of Queensway, and was slightly damaged, said the falling masonry produced a ‘loud bang - like a building collapsing’. Borough council engineers were called to out to do a structural survey.

Hundreds of ex-soldiers met up in Boston to remember the battle of Dunkirk.

During a moving parade and servicies at the Stump and war memorial, survivors recalled the momentous events of the Dunkirk evacuation and remembered lost colleagues.

And the mayor of Boston Coun Geoff Moulder, a Dunkirk veteran himself, had an emotional meeting with a survivor almost half a century after their paths crossed during the fateful rescue operation.

Coun Moulder was aboard HMS Calcutta, which was dive-bombed by Germans while on its way back to England loaded with survivors and destroyed.

“It was amazing to me that 49 years later I should meet one of the survivors of that boat,” said Coun Moulder. “It was a moving moment.”

1969: Sonic booms created by Phantom jets from RAF Coningsby over Skegness were causing residents and holidaymakers to jump - and RNLI team members to set off for the beach anticipating a rescue.

The reason was said to be that the loud super-sonic bangs sounded very similar to the signal maroon fired from the inshore rescue station when someone was in difficulties at sea.

The jets had only been in operation for a few months, but already members of the RNLI team had been caught three times by the ‘phantom’ calls. Team leader Ron Chapman said the Coastguard usually call if they are needed, but added that in times when he has been away from the phone and heard a bang, he has rushed down there. “It’s probably over-keenness on our part,” he said. “But we don’t want to miss anything.”

Boston was being considered as a location for a hovercraft terminal as services were predicted to develop across the North Sea.

The restored Kirton ‘Lady Chapel’ was dedicated to the memory of local-born Dame Sarah Swift, co-founder of the Royal Colleg of Nursing. Dame Swift, once known as ‘The Mighty Atom’ because she was less than 5ft tall, was considered to be as important to nursing as Florence Nightingale.