Saturday, 12 September 2015

Two Men Stabbed On West Street, Boston

Two men are believed to have been stabbed in Boston this evening.

The incident happened at around 7PM in a house on West Street according to Lincolnshire Police.

The men have been taken to Pilgrim Hospital for treatment.

Image Rights: Twitter/ThomasLee

Police were called to the house near The Oriental Palace Chinese Restaurant and The Eagle Pub.

The police said that there had been an altercation in the home. The stabbing didn't occur in public.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident. West Street had been closed off as a crime scene.

It follows a similar incident in June in which a man in his thirties was stabbed in a home on West Street

Police are asking for those with any information on the incident to call 101.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Skegness Magistrate Court Closure - Justice Will Still Be Dispensed Locally

Locals worried that Skegness Magistrates Court had been earmarked for closure will be reassured to know that the news doesn't mean the end to local justice.

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Under-Secretary to Michale Fallon (Secretary of State)
Today the under-secretary of state to the justice minister, Shailesh Vara, responded to queries about the future of Skegness court in parliament.

In response to a question by Matt Warman (MP for Boston and Skegness) he gave his "assurance" that the court wouldn't be relocated to anywhere outside of the town.

In his question Matt Warman remarked that the court was one of the "most underused in the country" and "one of the least able to cope with vulnerable prisoners".

Warman requested for the use of other facilities as a court in the area but wasn't "sentimental" about the current building.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Stolen Boston Stump Floodlights and A Simple Act of Kindness

When the Boston Stump had its floodlights stolen earlier this week it was hard not to despair at the levels to which some would stoop for a quick buck.

The lights had been intended to be revealed this weekend in a ceremony but were stolen, postponing the whole event and costing the stump nearly two thousand pounds to replace the floodlights.

The lights had been damaged in the floods because of a tidal surge a few years ago. The stump was extensively damaged in the floods and has struggled to afford to repair everything damaged.

The loss of the lights was a blow the church simply didn't need.

Yet, in a particularly caring show of charity, a man from Lincoln who heard the news story on BBC Radio Lincolnshire got in touch with the Breakfast show... I'll let Scott and Carla take it from here.

Well doesn't that just restore your faith in the goodness of people?

Too often we focus heavily on the negative things about Boston, it's hard to forget that there are good people out there. Hopefully this helps inspire some Bostoners to be more charitable in their daily lives.

Monday, 29 June 2015


Phil Taggart, the Radio 1 DJ, has told Endeavour Radio that he will make sure everyone has a good time when he plays at the Boston Big Gig this weekend.

In the interview he speaks about how he'll be winging his headline DJ set to make sure that the crowd get exactly the tunes they want.

He even suggests throwing paper aeroplanes with requests on into his DJ booth on the day.

Taggart presents his Radio 1 show on Thursdays at 9PM
The Irish presenter says "There's something much more pure about playing the smaller festivals because you know that... [the crowd] is so much more up for a party."

He empathises with local music fans' inability to find an outlet for fresh music. "They need to get this creativity stored that's stored in their head out" he says about an Irish festival near his home-town.

He also ear-marks Declan Mckenna - one of the other acts playing at the gig - as one to watch. He calls him a "gift that keeps on giving."

Declan Mckenna - Brazil

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Two Arrested - Stabbing in Boston

Two people have been arrested in connection to a suspected stabbing in Boston.

A man believed to be in his thirties was taken to Pilgrim Hospital for treatment after the incident on West Street.

Police were called to the incident at around 2.40 pm this (Saturday) afternoon.

The man has now been transferred to Queens medical centre in Nottingham.

It is unclear how injured the man is.

Photo by David Christian Green/ Twitter.

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to the stabbing.

Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman said in a statement that he had raised the "extremely concerning serious violent crimes" to the Home Secretary and the chief constable.

In the letters, he says he referred "specifically to nationality".

Last Saturday's shootings and Yesterday's stabbing have been connected to Eastern European migrants.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Boston Grammar School Pupil Invited to Prestigious Summer School

A few weeks ago twitter was inundated with bemused GCSE students discussing a tough algebra question about Hannah's sweets.
But one Boston Grammar School student took it his stride.
Ryan Skinner has just been invited to a prestigious summer school because he did so well in the UK Maths Challenge.
BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE'S Harry Parkhill went down to the school for a maths lesson...

First aired on BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE 8th June 2015

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Boston and Skegness' MP's Maiden Speech Is Fantastic

Matt Warman, the recently elected MP for Boston and Skegness, delivered his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday evening and although he has considerable experience in crafting prose (as a journalist at the Daily Telegraph for over a decade) his speech was a fantastic one.

It takes quite some skill to craft an introduction to yourself in such a prestigious and pressured environment but to deliver one on an issue so important to his constituents, with wit intelligence and due thought is a rare gift.

Here, in full, is said speech courtesy of Hansard (which transcribes Parliamentary Content in full):

It is an honour to speak on a day of so many marvellous maiden speeches, and it is also an honour to speak in this seminal debate on an issue that I believe will define a generation of politicians.

I am privileged to represent the people of Boston and Skegness, succeeding Mark Simmonds. Mark’s career ranged from safeguarding the future of Skegness hospital, working with a Labour Administration in a fine example of cross-party constituency working, through to chairing the UN Security Council. Hardly a day on the campaign trail went by without me being told that I had very big shoes to fill, and I will assiduously work as a constituency MP to do that.

Hardly a day went by, either, without a prospective constituent assuring me that Mark’s own predecessor, Sir Richard Body, was another model of an ideal MP. Sir Richard was a Maastricht rebel back when the Conservative party had what was described as a wafer-thin majority of slightly double what it is today. His brave stance is a reminder to all of us that we are here to represent our constituents, rather than to toe any one party line. I hope I can live up to that responsibility as well.
Matt Warman MP

 Boston and Skegness is a constituency that begins at Swineshead in the south—where, incidentally, King John was poisoned—and quickly arrives in Boston itself. In 1204, Boston famously paid tax of £780, whereas London paid £836. One newly elected councillor recently pledged to dedicate himself to restoring Boston’s status to those medieval levels, and I look forward to supporting him in that endeavour. Indeed, I thank him for taking the lead on it.

Elsewhere, the constituency is home to some of the best agricultural land in the country. I invite hon. Members from across the House to visit so that they might put faces to the names of those people mentioned on supermarket bags of potatoes. Afterwards, they might choose to spend a few hours joining the 500,000 or so people who annually visit Skegness, one of the few seaside resorts that is never described as faded. Indeed, Skeg Vegas is more glorious neon than faded.

I have not the time today to mention Wainfleet All Saints—home to the superb Batemans Brewery—or the Bubblecar Museum in Langrick, the Carrington vintage tractor show, the first Butlins or, indeed, the beautiful areas of my constituency that touch the Lincolnshire Wolds and, almost uniquely for my patch, merit a contour line on a map.

That is in part because I want to deal with the subject of today’s debate. Since the expansion of Europe, tens of thousands of people from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and elsewhere have come from their home countries to work in and around Boston. They have made homes and lives in Lincolnshire and we should welcome taxpayers who have, to coin a phrase, got on their bikes. These, I would argue, are not just the best of Europe, but, in many cases, the best of Britain, too. In Lincolnshire today, following in the footsteps of workers from the midlands, Ireland, Portugal and, latterly, Bulgaria, they work in all weathers to put food on our tables, whether it is Brussels sprouts at Christmas or asparagus at the moment.

It is thanks to an open-door migration policy, however, that Lincolnshire’s police, housing, schools, roads and hospitals now face unprecedented pressure from new numbers—and it is new numbers, not new nationalities, that cause those pressures. We did not plan for or predict their arrival, so we were not able to invest adequately and in a timely fashion in the services that we now urgently need. Social tensions have recently eased, but they have allowed divisive, single-issue political campaigns to flourish and to block out much of the light on what is great about my constituency.

I believe that only if our relationship with Europe changes fundamentally can we fix the root causes of our current problems and that, in the future, only if we can plan for those population changes can we adequately prepare. Of course, it is only because we have a Conservative majority Government that we truly have the chance to have our say as a country between now and the end of 2017.

My own motivation for standing for office stems directly from more than 15 years as a journalist. I believe we live in a world that needs more actors than critics. Writing about technology, I was lucky enough to cover Britain’s world-beating, but still somewhat incomplete broadband roll-out, as well as to cover the rise of Apple, Google, Facebook and much in between. I hope that I can continue to make the case for every aspect of technology improving every aspect of government. I hope that we will see a world where we have more activists than clicktivists. Making those changes will require far more than technical expertise; it will require political courage. I hope that I may provide a small part of that courage to stiffen the sinews of colleagues when it comes both to Europe and to changes in how Government use technology. It is no less than all our constituents deserve.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Pilgrim Hospital "Will be Downgraded", according to UKIP Candidate

In what he claims are "secret meetings going on between the NHS Trust in Lincolnshire and councillors" some "major" and "worrying changes" are afoot. 

The future of services at Pilgrim Hospital COULD be at risk according to Robin Hunter Clarke (Boston and Skegness' UKIP Candidate). In an interview with Endeavour radio he says that Pilgrim Hospital "will be downgraded after the election".

"We are going to lose services in Boston, that's for sure," he concludes.
At Risk?

Sources at the hospital suggest that the Maternity Ward is most at risk, with official NHS documents detailing the closure of the ward as one of three options to save money.

Another options is to achieve targets "through workforce and other productivity and efficiency improvements."

The final is to consolidate care through "midwifery led care" and "obstetrics led care" (a Doctor specialising in pregnancy) on two different sites. The implication here could be that Pilgrim's services may be reduced to offering Midwifery care only with specialist doctors visiting regularly but not always in house.

Suneil Kapadia from United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust (who run the Pilgrim) says that "the way it delivers services is being reviewed". "No decision has been made" and "when a proposal has been agreed it will go out to full public consultation".

Matt Warman, The Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Boston and Skegness attacked Hunter-Clarke's revelation as a political move. 
"This is disgraceful, desperate scaremongering from UKIP. ULHT has just come out of special measures and morale is up significantly." 
He adds that "while decisions about changes to local health services are made locally, by doctors" he is "determined that those changes make services more focused and better."

Monday, 9 March 2015

Interview with Paul Kenny - Labour Candidate for Boston and Skegness

This blog will comprise of a compilation of bits and pieces I've done for local news and other miscellaneous political or Boston based news discussions.

First is an interview I conducted with Labour Candidate for Boston and Skegness, enjoy and feel free to comment and debate.