‘Where were the police?’ – landlord

Punchbowl landlord and councillor Pete Williams at the junction where he saw a lorry cut-up a people carrier. SG190815-107TW
Punchbowl landlord and councillor Pete Williams at the junction where he saw a lorry cut-up a people carrier. SG190815-107TW
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Pub landlord Pete Williams is asking where were the police the night a lorry cut-up a people carrier at traffic lights and ran two red traffic lights at other spots in Spalding.

The Punchbowl landlord and district councillor followed the lorry to a national store’s car park – and says he waited there for an hour-and-a-half, but the police failed to show despite his four calls to 101.

I see it so many times, cars ignoring red lights because they know – unless they run somebody over – there’s nobody there. There’s no police presence.

Pete Williams

He said: “At 10.50pm I phoned 101 and the police said ‘we are going to give it a priority’.”

Pete says he made two further calls to 101 – again being assured the first available officer would be with him.

He called 101 for the fourth time around 12.15am, reminding police they were treating the incident as a priority and he was still waiting for them in the car park.

“They said ‘would you like to make a complaint against Lincolnshire Police?’

“I said ok then – and then I said I can’t stop here any longer.”

Pete was watering Spalding in Bloom’s hanging baskets on Monday night and was in traffic on New Road heading towards Westlode Street.

He says the driver of a people carrier in front of him had to slam on his brakes to avoid a crash with a lorry that turned right from Westlode Street into Pinchbeck Road when the people carrier had the right of way.

He believes drivers are doing just as they like because there’s “no police presence”.

Pete said: “Lincolnshire Police are struggling like hell because of the ridiculous cuts and restraints that the present Government are putting on them. I see it so many times, cars ignoring red lights because they know – unless they run somebody over – there’s nobody there.

“There’s no police presence.

“My biggest worry is we are getting to a situation where people have a complete disregard for the law because they can get away with almost anything. We are heading for chaos.”

He’s also concerned about the number of cyclists riding without lights and pedalling the wrong way up one-way streets.

“It’s not something any person would have dreamt of doing 20 years ago,” he said.

Pete says police have the registration number of the lorry involved in Monday’s incident and are making further inquiries with a view to prosecution. Spalding police inspector Jo Reeves said: “Our assessment and attendance of incidents will be graded at the time of call.

“However this does not negate the fact that subsequent incidents may take priority over this dependent on the nature of the call and the threat and risk posed by the circumstances at the time.

“We will always endeavour to deal with all incidents at the earliest opportunity, or where appropriate, at an agreed time with the caller.”