Drop in Spalding street drinkers or a lack of calls from public?

Inspector Jo Reeves, community policing inspector for South Holland.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Inspector Jo Reeves, community policing inspector for South Holland. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Forum to advise people to report crime and anti-social behaviour

Police dealt with just ten cases of street drinking in Spalding town centre between April and September this year, the Spalding Guardian has learned.

Figures from Lincolnshire Police, after a request from Spalding Town Forum, showed that out of 34 incidents of “drunken behaviour” reported in the town centre between April 1 and September 21, only ten related to street drinking in car parks and on streets.

The figures from Inspector (Insp) Jo Reeves, community policing inspector for South Holland, also showed that during a month of 15-minute patrols, three times a day, of Gore Lane during June, just one person was found street drinking.

A report to the forum from Insp Reeves said: “Anti-social behaviour (ASB) always features at the forefront of people’s minds but reported ASB is down in South Holland.

“In relation to street drinking specifically, there have been 34 incidents of drunken behaviour reported in the Spalding area between April 1 and September 21 – eight in April, nine in May, seven in June, eight in July and two in August.

“Drunken behaviour does not normally equate to street drinking but it can also be drunken people outside a nightclub, at a house or pub to which police have been called.

STREET DRINKING: Inspector Jo Reeves, community policing inspector for South Holland outside Spalding Police Station.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

STREET DRINKING: Inspector Jo Reeves, community policing inspector for South Holland outside Spalding Police Station. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“Having reviewed these incidents, only ten could be attributed to, or perceived by callers to be, street drinking.

“These incidents have been in various locations, including Aldi car park, Gore Lane, Swan Street, Victoria Street car park, Hall Place, Park Road and Sheep Market.”

Coun Jack McLean, chairman of Spalding Town Forum, said: “Either the statistics show a decrease in incidents or an unfortunate decline in the number of people reporting incidents.

“As a result, the Forum was reminded of the importance of not only reporting crime and anti-social behaviour, but also to ensure that others are doing so as well.”

In relation to street drinking specifically, there have been 34 incidents of drunken behaviour reported in the Spalding area between April 1 and September 21

Inspector Jo Reeves, community policing inspector for South Holland

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