Joint approach to tackling disorder in Crowland as incidents climb

CROWLAND SENTINEL: A police officer outside The George and Angel pub in North Street, Crowland, ahead of a joint effort with South Holland District Council to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town following concerns by parish councillors. Photo by Rowland Hobson.  METP-30-08-13RH032.
CROWLAND SENTINEL: A police officer outside The George and Angel pub in North Street, Crowland, ahead of a joint effort with South Holland District Council to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town following concerns by parish councillors. Photo by Rowland Hobson. METP-30-08-13RH032.
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A joint effort to tackle disorder and minor crime in Crowland has started this week as figures show that incidents have nearly doubled this year.

Police and South Holland District Council officers will be carrying out weekly “engagement events” aimed at youths in the town who, it is claimed, regularly hang around the town centre at night.

Figures provided by the police to Crowland Parish Council members at its meeting on Monday showed that reports of burglary, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour (ASB) had jumped by nearly 50 per cent over the past year.

There were ten burglaries, nine reports of criminal damage and 33 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported to police between December 2016 and March 2017, compared to a total of 36 a year earlier.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “South Holland District Council and Neighbourhood Policing Team officers will be conducting joint events in the area to engage with the youths, educate them and enforce where necessary and appropriate.

“They will also be seeking to engage with members of the public and encourage them in the reporting of incidents of ASB so they can be dealt with effectively.”

The council understands the problems there are in regards to police manpower and we’re happy to meet with the youths

Coun David Ringham, Chairman of Crowland Parish Council

Frustration over the amount of low-level crime and disorder in Crowland was reported by our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, last month.

Criticism over the lack of a police presence in the town led to a meeting between parish councillors and senior police officers last week.

Coun David Ringham, chairman of Crowland Parish Council, said: “I thought it was quite a constructive meeting where we were able to put our feelings across.

“Some of those feelings were accepted, including the fact that we were very concerned about this problem with the youths and what’s happening with them.

“We felt that they were the priority at the moment and we’re here to help them with anything we can do.

“The council understands the problems there are in regards to police manpower and we’re happy to meet with the youths because if they have got issues, then we can deal with them.”

A leaflet drop is taking place in Crowland so that people can report crimes to police on the 101 non-emergency number.

Coun Ringham said: “We’ve set up another meeting to see what action is taken.”