Poll gives thumbs-up to the twitter patrol

Spalding police Twitter patrols are proving popular with local residents.

The account @SpaldingPolice now has more than 500 followers with officers tweeting every day from their patrols around the district.

It was launched a month ago, when the Lincolnshire Free Press joined officers for a live tweetbeat around the town and local estates.

In a poll to see if residents were finding the tweets useful, nearly 100 per cent voted ‘yes’.

Insp Jim Tyner said: “The only ‘no’ was mine - and that was accidently when I retweeted one about the poll.

“Our account seems to be proving polular and we are pleased with the number of followers so far.

“It is a great way of letting people know we are out there - although it is still best to phone us when reporting an incident because that way it will be logged.”

A new account has also been opened @HolbeachPolice, with residents this week following officers at the University Academy Holbeach giving a demonstration of drug and search dog techniques, patrols in the Suttons and visibility concerns for vehicles turning into Barrington Gate from Fen Road.