Following on from the article in last week’s Spalding Guardian regarding the reduction in reporting of street drinkers in Spalding, I believe this may be the case, not because the quantity of street drinkers has decreased, but because people are sick of reporting it for nothing to change.
On Saturday, my husband and I did our usual walk along the river bank, from town and back towards the twin bridges.
During this mile walk at approximately 11am, we encountered three separate sets of drinkers.
The first was a group of six on a bench on the opposite side of the river to Rookes.
The second was a group of four on a bench alongside the river near the entrance to the Castle Sports Complex (a usual morning drinking spot).
We spotted a third group as we approached the twin bridges on a bench on the opposite side of the river between Londis and the Premier car wash. All of them were holding cans of beer.
My husband rang 101 and reported all three groups to the police, as we used to do on a regular basis, before giving up in despair.
Having been asked for descriptions of all of the men, we were told that the next available officer would attend.
Having moved in the early ‘80s to a lovely market town that I was proud to live in, this has now turned into a place I sadly no longer feel proud of.
Mrs G. Loosemore
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