POLICE in Holbeach say it’s not just up to them to help solve anti-social behaviour problems in the town.
Sgt Duncan Ashwell and community beat manager PC Iain Braid told parish councillors they need everyone’s help to solve the problems, which they say have become part of society and not just unique to Holbeach.
Their comments came as councillors discussed anti-social behaviour problems in Carter’s Park at a meeting on Monday.
Coun Martin Howard told how he had tried to lock the park gates on Saturday night but there had been about 30 young people congregating in there.
He said it was about 10.15pm when he finally got them locked.
Coun Howard said he had called the police when some of the behaviour appeared to get out of hand.
He added: “It’s not a one-off. It’s happening more or less every Saturday night.”
Coun Carol Rudkin said she had seen two girls last Wednesday, who were drinking out of bottles and “slinging” them when they were empty.
Coun Carol Johnson reported she had recorded eight incidents in 11 days, which included fire damage to a hedge and fence and bolts being removed from a slide.
Sgt Ashwell warned councillors to be mindful that just because there is a group of people in the park, it does not mean they are causing any problems.
He said although he was sympathetic, there was only so much officers could do.
Sgt Ashwell said: “We do not want to lose sight of the fact the police force is here to provide a service. We have taken on a huge issue with anti-social behaviour with limited resources.
“We are fighting a losing battle. We are swamped with crime across the area and we are expected to deal with every issue.
“These are things a police constable and a sergeant can not solve. You need to go to the chief constable, who will refer you to the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister.”
PC Braid said the Holbeach team “did everything they can” to help solve anti-social behaviour.
Coun Rudkin suggested a letter asking parents to help solve the problems be sent out.
“Our children are precious,” she said. “Parents have got to realise that they need to know where their children are. Anything could happen to them.”