MEMBERS of a congregation in a quiet Lincolnshire village have
spent this week cleaning up after swastikas and other far-right
graffiti were sprayed on a church hall and homes.
The Priest-in-Charge of St Peter and St Paul, in Gosberton, near
Boston, the Revd Ian Walters, said: "Many people here are shocked
In the attack, which was carried out in the early hours of 13
October, fascist slogans and logos including a clenched-fist
outline, and the number 88, which stands for "Heil Hitler" (H being
the eighth letter of the alphabet), were painted on the church-hall
doors (above) and an adjoining wall. Similar graffiti were painted
on two houses near by, an electricity sub-station, and a private
"Thankfully, our beautiful 14th-century church was not
affected," Mr Walters said. "The police took it very seriously;
they came very quickly. Workmen are still scrubbing it off; it's
pretty much all gone, but there are still some traces on the
"There was no obvious reason why it was done. We just hope it
was one very misled individual, and that it was a one-off. It seems
it was an attack on the village, not just us, but our churchwarden
did tell me she had seen swastikas on the back wall of the church
hall a few days before.
"There has been no activity in the village which might have
provoked anything like this, or any signs of any right-wing
activity. Nor have I preached anything, or said anything in my
articles for the local paper, which might have provoked this."
Mr Walters did not think the attack could be linked to his post
as the chaplain of the local Royal British Legion branch. "Perhaps
significantly, the very prominent war memorial we have in the
village has not been painted," he said. "We do have some migrant
workers living in the village . . . but there was nothing in the
graffiti to suggest they were the target."
This week, a spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police said that the
inquiry had been wound down, but the file would remain open.