No blue lights but 505 is fab

NO TICKET: PCSO Toni Musico-Cardillo catches the 505 outside Budgens in Holbeach. S041114-103TW
NO TICKET: PCSO Toni Musico-Cardillo catches the 505 outside Budgens in Holbeach. S041114-103TW
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Buses would be no good for chasing criminals because there are no blues and twos – and no real turn of speed.

But Norfolk Green’s 505 service is just the job for police patrolling the patch from Holbeach to Sutton Bridge.

The bus company, now owned by Stagecoach, is giving something back by allowing uniformed police officers free use of 505 buses for their day-to-day patrols.

Sgt Gareth Boxall, based at Holbeach Police Station, said: “We are always looking for new ways to meet with members of the public and make sure our staff are visible.

“Our PCSOs do have access to cars but we want them to be as accessible as possible.

“When they are walking or cycling, members of the public find it much easier to speak with them.

“When our PCSOs use the bus, it not only means that they are free to walk or cycle on their beats, but it also means they can be available to those on the bus itself.

“We are very grateful to Norfolk Green who allow free bus travel to our uniformed staff on the route between Holbeach and Sutton Bridge.”

Norfolk Green commercial manager Will Smith said: “It’s a small part we can play in the local community. Although we have recently been taken over by Stagecoach, we have still got a really local focus. It’s a little thing we can do to help support the police.

“We are fortunate enough not to have much trouble on our 505 service but I think it is reassuring for passengers if they see officers on board.

“It is something we are happy we are able to offer.”

District councillors have spent money from their ward budgets to buy two bikes for PCSOs working in Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge – the bikes will be stored in Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge for use when the officers turn up for their patrols.