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Spalding’s youngest PCSO has begun her patrol of the town centre and is eager to share her experiences.

PCSO Natalie Hines is the newest recruit of the local force but is facing challenges with her eyes wide open – and plans to keep the public informed in a weekly video blog on the Spalding Guardian’s website.

New Spalding PCSO, Natalie Hines

New Spalding PCSO, Natalie Hines

A former student of Spalding High School, PCSO Hines (22) was allowed out on her own for the first time on Monday, after being mentored for the past ten weeks.

She said: “I’ve always been aware of the concerns in Spalding because I grew up here.

“Nothing is likely to shock me – I’m just excited to be through my training and out doing the job I’ve always wanted to do.”

After completing her studies at Spalding High School, PCSO Hines went to the University of Central Lancashire to study policing and criminal investigation.

She had been on the waiting list to join the force for three years, but finally got her break in March, when she started nine weeks of training at Lincolnshire Police headquarters in Nettleham.

Since joining the policing team at Spalding she has been mentored on the estates, dealing with neighbourhood disputes and on general patrols, as well as on Operation Trunk dealing with street drinkers.

Her first day took her to Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens and around the town centre. She said: “There was one drinker in the town centre who poured away his drink when I asked him.

“On Monday night I was in Sainsbury’s car park when a call came in about a car doing wheel spins. It was seized for having no insurance.”

Readers can follow PCSO Hines’ weekly video blogs on www.spaldingtoday.co.uk