Parade policing will be ‘firm but fair’

ALMOST 100 police officers will be patrolling the streets on Saturday to make sure Spalding Flower Parade goes without a hitch.

Sgt Stuart Brotherton, from the South Holland Neighbourhood Policing Team, says the force will be using a “firm but fair” approach towards the thousands of visitors who are expected to descend on the town.

Officers will be joining the event’s voluntary stewards, with teams deployed to help enforce road closures and public safety duties such as crowd control and disorder.

The Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), which gives police the power to confiscate alcohol, will remain in effect in the town centre over the weekend.

However, have confirmed they will be taking a more relaxed approach outside The Lincolnshire Poacher on Double Street, which has attracted hundreds of revellers in the past.

Sgt Brotherton said: “As far as the Poacher is concerned, it will be firmly policed but we will be liberal with the DPPO for that particular area.

“However, we will not be allowing people to turn up with trolley-loads, bags and baskets full of drink.

“People going into the pub and bringing out glasses will be fine.”

This year wil be Sgt Brotherton’s tenth year policing the parade, which is the second largest event in Lincolnshire and one of the largest street carnivals in the country.

He added: “We’re not out to stop anyone enjoying themselves but in years gone by there has been drunken, stupid behaviour.

“We want to be fair but firm. We will not tolerate disorder or excessive drunken behaviour.”

Last year an estimated 50,000 people turned out to join in the parade celebrations. It was described as a “very successful day” by Spalding’s police, who made nine arrests on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday morning.