Organiser of Crowland crime meeting calls for more police volunteers
The organiser of a meeting to discuss crime in Crowland has backed calls for more police volunteers to come forward.
Crowland county councillor Nigel Pepper described an admission by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones that Lincolnshire Police was facing a £3.5million "structural gap" next year as "a real issue".
Mr Jones and South Holland neighbourhood policing inspector Gareth Boxall faced questions from Crowland residents increasingly concerned about anti-social behaviour in the town.
Coun Pepper said: "In the last year, we've had numerous incidents of racism, criminal damage to Crowland Abbey, gravestones and tyres slashed, as well as several other police-related items that were discussed at last month's meeting of Crowland Parish Council meeting.
"Two weekends ago, we had eggs being randomly thrown at people, vehicles and property.
"So I consider the meeting to have gone well and, importantly for me, everyone who attended had the opportunity to voice their concerns directly to both the PCC and their local policing inspector.
"It was also good that the audience heard of local issues which they may not have been aware of previously, as well as interesting to see the 'bigger picture' of police matters in Lincolnshire in terms of the lack of funding for the police which is a real issue."
During the meeting, Mr Jones pledged that any extra money from the Government would be used to "enhance neighbourhood policing".
Coun Pepper said: "The PCC stated that the force would welcome people interested in becoming Special Constables and I would like to see this happen as their presence is something that I consider would have a real and positive impact."