Boston

A CCTV video shows the moment a car drove into a family run pub near Boston in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Sean Trafford, who is the landlord at The Green Dragon in Swineshead, told The Lincolnite he was in bed with his wife when he heard a loud bang at around 1am on October 17.

He initially thought was one of his bulldogs falling out of bed.

Sean then discovered a car had hit the pub before reversing into the memorial railings, but it already drove off by the time he and his son Dan got outside.

After reviewing the CCTV, Sean and his son tried to chase the culprits, but they got away. The main damage was a scrape along the front of the pub that will need repainting.

Police came out on Saturday evening to look at the CCTV and take a statement and the force is now investigating.

Sean said: “We viewed the CCTV and you can see a car flying down South Street from the A52 and turn right into Market Place down the one-way system and into our pub, between the front door and the window.

“Had it been one foot to the left it would have been through the window, and three foot to the right would have hit the front door.

“The car reversed back across the road and the men both got out and were wobbling all over the place, clearly drunk.

“One went and sat on the kerb and they then both got back into the car and drove off via Cheese Hill and onto the High Street, and drove off through the village.

“As we got outside we heard another bang so we ran out towards the post office and saw one of them out of the car picking up the bumper from the middle of the street.

“One of them ran off and my son gave chase. The other jumped into the driver’s side. I tried to put my head through the passenger door that was open.

“He had a bottle of beer in his right hand and revved the engine, so I backed away and he went shooting past.

“He bounced off the kerb on the other side of the road and drove away, taking a right into King Johns Road, which his friend was running towards.

“We would like to thank all the community of Swineshead for all their support, kind words and for sharing our appeal.”

The Green Dragon posted about the incident on its Facebook page.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “A car collided with this pub before leaving the scene. We don’t know of any injuries but we are investigating.”

A Boston church is looking to change a former furniture store into a hostel, supermarket and cafe.

Restore Church’s application to Boston Borough Council to change the use of the old Dunelm store at 13 West Street details plans for sleeping pods, use as a night shelter and a kickboxing room and store.

Documents submitted to the authority from Restore said the plans will form an “accessible community hub” called The Sanctuary, which will provide community outreach and residential support for vulnerable adults and the homeless.

“The Sanctuary will act as a central point where agencies can come together to support those in need in a holistic way,” said Project Manager Emma Fawcett.

“It will provide long term supported and hostel style accommodation, multi-agency meeting space, community café, social supermarket and space for social enterprise schemes.”

Organisers say the aims will be “to end homelessness” within the local community and to “bridge the gap between time-limited supporting accommodation and permanent independent housing”.

The plans include 14 en-suite units for emergency short-term placement for small families, individuals and couples, while the hostel itself will include 15 bedrooms offering single night or week-by-week accommodation.

An artist’s impression of how the new Sanctuary could look. | Graphic: Neil Dowlman Architecture Ltd

The Santuary will be staffed 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and will offer advice and support the whole time.

The planned cafe, which will be open to all, will include a “pay it forward” scheme for users said the church.

Dunelm’s West Street store closed in summer 2019 after 24 years at the location.

The company also closed its Lawrence Lane store before moving into units formerly occupied by Dreams and Currys, off Grantham Road.

A man in his 70s from Cambridgeshire has died after a crash on the A17 Sutterton bypass near Boston on Thursday evening.

The collision was reported to Lincolnshire Police at 11.12pm on Thursday, October 15 and involved a blue Honda Jazz and a lorry.

Police have since confirmed that the driver of the car sadly died and his next of kin are aware.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage and anyone with information is being urged to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 527 of October 15.

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