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Spalding and Long Sutton revellers urged not to lose their heads

People are being urged not to lose their heads after a first weekend back in the pubs resulted in some abuse and anti-social behaviour.

Civic leaders are calling on revellers to show respect and to continue following coronavirus rules after issues were reported on ‘Super Saturday’.

Revellers were allowed to enjoy their first careful taste of freedom in South Holland pubs after rules were relaxed to allow beer gardens to open – but issues with abusive customers were reported in The Punch Bowl in Spalding.

The Punch Bowl in Spalding (46325705)
The Punch Bowl in Spalding (46325705)

This week has shown a reduction in the number of positive Covid-19 tests being recorded in the district. A total of 49 positive tests were recorded between April 12 and 18, which places the district’s rate at 58.9 per 100,000. There was one death during the period.

Now South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter is calling on people to be respectful towards each other. He said: “As our freedoms start to be restored people need to remember that we are all part of the human race and have to live together.

“Please remember that the person on the other side of the counter is a human being and has feelings just like you and you need to respect each other.

Coun Gary Porter, leader of South Holland District Council. Photo supplied by House of Lords Press Office. (43189169)
Coun Gary Porter, leader of South Holland District Council. Photo supplied by House of Lords Press Office. (43189169)

“Enjoy your freedoms slowly and calmly. I would urge people not to lose their heads by going too fast and rushing.”

The Punch Bowl reported issues with abuse towards its staff on Saturday and is warning that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

A statement on the pub’s Facebook page said: “As you would expect, we are extremely busy today (Saturday). Unfortunately we are having to ask people to come back later or wait for a table. This has resulted in abuse towards staff that will simply not be tolerated.

“Any abuse towards staff will lead to refusal from the pub.”

Wing mirrors were reported to be damaged on a Suzuki which was parked in Back Lane, Long Sutton, on Friday.

The damage to the car was noticed in the morning but believed to have happened overnight and potentially around 10pm when a group of youths were heard in the street. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Insp Nick Waters said: "We had extra officers on duty in response to the easing of restrictions over the last week and whilst it has been a very busy period, there were no calls to disorder at pubs.

"Most licensed premises across the district were visited by officers and we would like to thank everyone for adapting to the conditions.

"We will continue to maintain contact through the further anticipated stages of unlock."

Abuse has also taken place in shops. Officers were called to 195 incidents in the county’s shops and stores where threats were made towards staff, or staff were verbally abused or assaulted, between March November last year.

Superintendent Lee Pache said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their place of work, and abuse towards shopworkers is unacceptable – we will not tolerate it.”

Andy Fox, assistant director for public health, said: “Do get out and exercise and support the opening up of the economy. But do it safely and reasonably.

“We are still in a pandemic and to prevent an increase in infection rates again, it’s important that we all obey the regulations and guidance in place. Remember to keep to the hands, face, space guidelines.”

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