Protestors outside the gates of RAF Scampton were left ‘shaken up’ when a car reportedly fired ‘BB gun pellets’ at them as it passed by. Several protestors from the far-right Yorkshire Rose group had gathered outside the former airbase on Monday to voice their opposition towards the government’s plans to house up to 2,000 asylum seekers on the site.
A video was posted on X (formerly Twitter) by user Active Patriot, who goes by Alan. He said: “I went to Scampton to support the locals protesting against the use of the former RAF base to house thousands of migrant men.
“Whilst there, a car drove past and shot what we think was a BB gun at protestors, hitting at least one person. There was a child present protesting with his mum who could have easily been hit.
“The protesters were really shaken up as this could have so easily been a real gun.” No one was injured, but Alan raised concerns about Lincolnshire Police’s response to the incident.
He said: “The police were called and took nearly one hour to respond and when they arrived, we were told it was us standing in the road with our signs that were more of an issue.” However, police say they attended as soon as possible and had received additional reports of protesters allegedly abusing staff members.
A spokesperson for the force said: “We were called to two reports of disturbances outside the main gates of the former RAF Scampton base during a protest on Monday afternoon (August 28). The first was a report of a car being driven past protestors and a BB gun having been fired out of the passenger window. No injuries were caused and the vehicle left the scene, and we currently have an active criminal investigation ongoing into this incident.
“The second report was that a minority of protestors, who we believe were not local to the area, were walking into the centre of the A15, preventing access and exit from the former base, and allegedly verbally abusing members of staff.” Superintendent Lee Pache said that officers were working hard to establish the ‘exact circumstances’ of the alleged offences that took place and were pursuing a ‘number of lines of enquiry’.
He incidents reported were assessed on threat and risk to ensure the police provide the “best possible response to keep people safe”. “This includes the deployment of firearm officers. While we appreciate that the individuals at RAF Scampton may have felt shaken up by the reported incidents, the suspects had left the area before we received that information, meaning a firearms response would therefore not have been proportionate,” he said.
“As soon as our officers became available from other urgent and priority incidents from within our local community, they attended and attempted to deal with both incidents, but unfortunately the remaining protestors did not wish to engage. Lincolnshire Police had not been notified that this protest was to take place and we would encourage protest organisers to contact us in future so that we can ensure a safe, peaceful and lawful protest.”
The intended repurposing of RAF Scampton as a migrant housing centre has been a source of intense controversy since the plans were announced in March.