Top cop claims Bonus is working

Chief Inspector Paul Timmins, in charge of neighbourhood policing for South Holland.
Chief Inspector Paul Timmins, in charge of neighbourhood policing for South Holland.
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A police operation targeting burglars is “paying absolute dividends”, according to the man in charge of policing South Holland.

Chief Insp Paul Timmins, head of neighbourhood policing for the area, has welcomed early results from Operation Bonus which was launched after a spate of break-ins across Spalding in recent months.

Police arrested four men, three on suspicion of burglary, between August 8 and September 10 during a series of stop and search operations in Spalding at night.

Chief Insp Timmins said: “Operation Bonus is going very well and our response has been absolute brilliant so far.

“Ideally, we wouldn’t like to see burglaries in the first place but crime does happen and we’re using all the powers available to us to detect it.

“These powers include stop-searches which is paying absolute dividends so far.”

The last reported burglary in Spalding was on August 7 when a lap-top computer was stolen from a house in Edinburgh Drive after the front door was left unlocked and windows left open.

Although police patrols are being stepped up around Spalding, people are still being advised to keep their homes secure.

Chief Insp Timmins said: “We’re experiencing a bit of a crime trend with burglaries so we want people to support us by reporting any suspicious activity they notice.

“We’re getting a few charges through the courts and the number of offences have dropped quite significantly, so we’re making the link that our tactics are working.

“We’re stopping and arresting the right people and charging them with offences.”