PRISONERS and offenders doing unpaid work are being used in the fight against booze and drug-fuelled disorder in Spalding.
Inmates from North Sea Camp Open Prison and people serving community sentences have been drafted in by South Holland District Council to clean up areas blighted by drinking and drug taking, including Gore Lane and Abbey Path.
The council and Lincolnshire Police have also pledged to make Spalding town centre a no-go area for on-street drinking with warnings, on-the-spot fines and alcohol destruction orders.
A council statement said: “South Holland District Council, in partnership with the police and local businesses, is continuing to make progress in dealing with anti-social behaviour and street drinking in Spalding.
“Work to improve two areas identified as attracting anti-social behaviour – Gore Lane and Abbey Path – has begun.
“The task of clearing up Gore Lane has been done by offenders under the Community Payback (Unpaid Work) scheme and work to erect fencing along Abbey Path has been carried out.
“The FlySwat programme, which has been a resounding success in Boston, has recently moved into South Holland where inmates from North Sea Camp Open Prison have volunteered to clear up areas of the district affected by fly-tipping.”
Meanwhile, police continue to target on-street drinkers, through Operation Trunk, and anti-social behaviour by motorists. Sgt Stuart Brotherton said: “Operation Trunk continues to tackle issues concerning anti-social behaviour and on-street drinking in Spalding.
“Anti-social behaviour by vehicle drivers has been a matter of community concern over recent weeks and Spalding police officers are proactively policing the problem area, dealing with any offences found.”
South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes – the driving force behind the We’ve Had Enough campaign – said it was great that the Free Press and Spalding Guardian had highlighted the challenges facing Spalding and the positive action being taken to remedy problems.
He said: “Spalding is a great place to be and a great place to live. Unless people feel that positive things are happening you can get into a spiral of believing that nothing is happening. It’s good that this campaign has highlighted the positives.”