Boston’s overall crime rate in 2021 was 100 crimes per 1,000 residents, making it the most dangerous mid-sized city in Lincolnshire.
The crime rate was 25% higher in the borough than Lincolnshire’s overall crime rate of 75 per 1,000 population.
Kim Fulcher, 26, a shop assistant and housekeeper, said: “People have been killed in Boston before, but not children. It’s just disgusting, I have a niece and nephew who are about the same age as this girl.
“I was working at the time and people were calling and calling me about it.”
Another woman, who did not wish to be named, added: “There is no humanity in the world. It’s just cruelty, that’s all.