Pleased but work goes on, say police

The man in charge of policing South Holland is pledging to put more officers on the beat even though crime is down by a fifth across the area.

Inspector Jim Tyner vowed to improve detection rates, increase visibility and step up patrols to tackle on-street drinking in Spalding town centre.

The news comes as Insp Tyner, community policing inspector for Spalding, revealed that crime in South Holland fell by 20 per cent between April 2012 and March 2013, compared to the same period last year.

More than 900 fewer victims were dealt with by police as vehicle thefts fell by 29 per cent, with 36 less crimes in 2012-13 than the previous year.

Thefts from vehicles fell by 32 per cent and criminal damage cases fell by 29 per cent, with 123 and 219 fewer incidents respectively than in 2011-12.

Insp Tyner added that between September 2012 and January 2013, 92 people were dealt with as part of Operation Trunk to target on-street drinking in Spalding, including 26 repeat offenders.

Three people were ordered from the town centre, 74 had alcohol seized and 15 were warned about their behaviour.