Washer wiping away crime for Christmas cheer

Insp Jim Tyner is determined to make Spalding town centre a safe place through Operation Washer.
Insp Jim Tyner is determined to make Spalding town centre a safe place through Operation Washer.
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Police have made a handful of arrests for shoplifting and disorder as part of a campaign to make Spalding crime-free before Christmas.

Street drinkers, careless cyclists, opportunist thieves and rowdy youths are all being targeted in a crackdown on people trying to spoil the season of goodwill in Spalding.

Between December 1 and 11, five shoplifters and someone breaching a dispersal notice have been arrested.

Police have also dealt with ten street drinkers, three motorists caught using the pedestrianised zone of Market Place and ten cyclists using bikes without lights and riding in the pedestrianised zone.

Insp Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for South Holland, said: “During the period in question, my officers have conducted about 130 hours of foot patrols and almost 17 hours of cycle patrols in the town centre.

“Operation Washer will continue until December 24 and I am encouraging people to call 101 to report any concerns they have so that we can deal with them speedily.

“I am determined that Spalding town centre should be a safe place to live, work, shop and meet, both during the day and at night.”

Operation Washer was launched to coincide with a time when the number of people visiting Spalding town centre goes up.

As a result, reports of street drinking, shoplifting, illegal cycling and disorder involving gangs of youths also rise.

At the operation’s launch, Insp 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 both living in and visiting Spalding town centre.

“I am increasing the number of patrols on our town centre beat when there will be high visibility foot and cycle patrols daily in the town centre.”