Police keeping Spalding safe for Christmas

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More police patrols will be in Spalding town centre on the run-up to Christmas,

Lincolnshire Police are launching Operation Washer to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and reassure the community.

The lead up to Christmas traditionally sees an increase of visitors to the town centre and it is anticipated that there will more reports of street drinking, cycle offences, theft from shops and youth related anti-social behaviour.

Community Policing Inspector Jim Tyner said: “The main aim of Operation Washer is to deter offenders from committing these types of offences, and to provide reassurance to our community living in and visiting Spalding town centre.

“To do this, I am increasing the number of patrols on our town centre beat.”

There will be high visibility foot and cycle patrols daily in the town centre and at anti-social behaviour hotspots, including the Albion Street riverbank and the Green Lane footbridge area.

The use of dispersal notices will be considered should high levels of anti-social behaviour occur in the designated patrol areas.

Insp Tyner said: “We are already using new powers to disperse people causing problems. I am determined that we continue to use these powers to help make Spalding a safe and pleasant place to live, work and shop.”