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Vandalism and trouble in Crowland brings message of reassurance from police




Police are following up several leads to find youths behind a cycle of vandalism and trouble in Crowland.

A group of youths were seen throwing stones and pulling down banners outside the town's Royal British Legion in Broadway.

Then youths were reported to have repeatedly kicked the door of property in Reform Street.

Finally, some youths verbally abused a man in North Street, with all three incidents having taken place between 7.25pm and 9.20pm on Thursday, May 23.

North Street, Crowland, where a man was verbally abused by youths on May 23. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-231118-024aTW
North Street, Crowland, where a man was verbally abused by youths on May 23. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-231118-024aTW

During a meeting of Crowland Parish Council last Monday, parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock said: "It's just disappointing that we seem to be going round and round when it comes to the problems in Crowland.

"You think they've died down a bit, but then the next generation in Crowland pops up.

Crowland parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG171018-003TW
Crowland parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG171018-003TW

"Some of the youths know their way around the English vocabulary and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team at South Holland District Council is aware of the problem.

"But if we don't keep ourselves at forefront of the police's thoughts, we won't get the resources we deserve to deal with this problem."

Inspector Gareth Boxall, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "There have been several incidents of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage reported to us in Crowland.

"We are already following up a number of lines of enquiry into the incidents that have happened, but we need the help of local residents who should contact us if they witnessed any of the incidents or can identify those involved.

Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland. Photo by Tim Wilson.

"In the meantime, we continue to work with South Holland District Council to identify and tackle offenders.

"But we would also encourage residents to report instances of anti-social behaviour to Lincolnshire Police on 101 or to the district council's Community Safety and Enforcement team at www.sholland.gov.uk/reportit"

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number(s) 405 (criminal damage at Royal British Legion Club), 437 (criminal damage in Reform Street) and/or 465 (verbal abuse in North Street) of May 23.



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