Bonuses for police in burglary purge

Insp Jim Tyner has pledged to continue committing police officers to Operation Bonus targeting burglars in Spalding.
Insp Jim Tyner has pledged to continue committing police officers to Operation Bonus targeting burglars in Spalding.

At least five people have been arrested as part of an ongoing police operation tackling 
burglars in Spalding.

Operation Bonus has seen police officers using stop and search tactics to target those suspected of breaking into homes across the town in recent months.

Police have carried out high visibility and plain clothes patrols in cars, on bicycles and on foot, with a number of people due to appear in court on suspicion of offences, including burglary, possession of drugs, handling stolen goods and obstructing police.

Insp Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for South Holland, said: “Operation Bonus will continue to tackle burglaries in the Spalding area and I am dedicating officers to this activity.

“Inevitably, many of the people that we stop and search are law-abiding members of the community going about their lawful business and I am sorry for any inconvenience caused to them.

“However, stop and search is an important weapon in our fight against crime and I need the public to play their part.”

Operation Bonus was launched after a spate of burglaries in Spalding, including at least five in one week during July.

The most recent arrest in Winsover Road, Spalding, was last Tuesday when a 23-year-old woman was questioned on suspicion of handling stolen goods and possession of controlled drugs.

The woman is currently on police bail while further enquiries take place.

Earlier in September, Dimitirjs Afanasjevs (27), of no fixed addresss, was arrested three times on suspicion of attempted possession of drugs, obstructing police, theft from a camper van and breach of bail conditions imposed by Boston magistrates earlier in the month.

Afanasjevs has since been charged with four offences and was remanded in custody to a later date.

Meanwhile, Pawel Placzkiewsicz (26) was also arrested three times on suspicion of burglary and possession of drugs, including a burglary at a business in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding.

Placzkiewsicz has since been charged with five offences and also remains in custody until a court date has been set.

Speaking to our sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, Chief Inspector Paul Timmins, in charge of neighbourhood policing for South Holland, said: “Ideally, we wouldn’t like to see burglaries in the first place but crime does happen and we’re using all the powers available to us to detect it.

“These powers include stop-searches which is 
paying absolute dividends and Operation Bonus is going very well.”