Long Sutton burglaries spark protest about lack of police

Insp Jo Reeves say police investigating burglaries have made arrests.
Insp Jo Reeves say police investigating burglaries have made arrests.

A resident is calling for more police on the streets of Long Sutton following a spate of burglaries.

The man, who asked not to be named, spoke out after he learned about three crimes through word of mouth – including an attempted burglary three doors away from his home.

We see more ambulances than police and I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen a police person in Long Sutton in the last year

Long Sutton resident

He said: “Long Sutton residents pay in excess of a quarter-of-a-million pounds towards policing and we have an almost non-existent presence.

“We see more ambulances than police and I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen a police person in Long Sutton in the last year.

“Now we have focused criminal activity being carried out in Long Sutton, that police are aware of, yet nothing is being done to communicate with our residents, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable.”

The man claimed when police sent a warning on the Lincs Alert system it was after he raised the issue with them.

He knows of a 90-year-old woman who has become fearful as she lives close to the spot where one crime was committed and a second happened near her daughter’s home. The man also claims those involved were professionals working with spotters looking for homes where people were out.

Community policing inspector Jo Reeves said five burglaries and one attempted burglary had been reported in Long Sutton since December 1.

She said the Neighbourhood Policing Team is in the town daily, patrol officers cover the town from Holbeach and there is extra support, including dog handlers and roads policing teams.

Insp Reeves said police warned the public via Lincs Alert and Twitter and sent information for parish notice boards.

Writing to the man who complained, Insp Reeves said police have to balance a number of factors before releasing messages to alert the public about crimes – and must ensure they don’t unnecessarily cause concern within the community or jeopardise the police investigation.

Insp Reeves says: “This particular situation resulted in a combination of both of these factors.

“We released information via Lincs Alert, Twitter and to parishes for newsletters and notice boards on January 6 after three reported burglaries. “At this point we felt it was proportionate to make the community aware as it was identified that they were not one off incidents.

“In addition, we had some indication as to who the suspects were and felt that, at this point, a public message would not jeopardise the investigation but in fact enhance the response in an effort to provide a successful resolution through arrest of the offenders.”

District and parish councillor Laura Eldrige told us: “I have noticed there has been a higher police presence in Long Sutton but only in the day times.”

She feels residents would appreciate a similar police presence in the evenings and will raise the issue at next week’s parish council meeting.

Coun Eldridge said: “I know someone who has been burgled. I spoke to him coincidentally the day after it happened so obviously that was quite a shock.”

• Insp Reeves revealed that police investigating the crimes have made arrests.

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