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Lincolnshire neighbourhood policing targets “significant” affect on drug dealing and other crime hotspots

Police believe they have "significantly affected" drug supplies in the area after their latest operations.

Lincolnshire’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams' newsletters detail results targeting drug dealing from October to December.

In South Kesteven, police obtained seven Magistrates' warrants, made 16 arrests, and secured three closure orders, protecting vulnerable residents.

Lincolnshire Police's Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been busy in Grantham. | Image: Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police's Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been busy in Grantham. | Image: Lincolnshire Police

The operation involved a dedicated, multi-skilled response to drug-related criminal activity, engaging with partners, businesses, and residents.

In the newsletter, Inspector Mark Hillson, who leads the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, said: “The drug supply in Grantham has been significantly affected by police action.”

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The force worked in Stamford and Bourne to tackle county lines drugs activity, collaborating with neighbouring forces to identify vehicles and people involved.

That work resulted in eight arrests, ongoing investigations, vehicle stops, and other positive actions.

“Disruption to the existing County Lines is still ongoing,” said the newsletter.

Elsewhere, teams in Grantham conducted focused speed checks on New Beacon Road, Harrowby Lane, and Belton Lane to reduce speeding.

Another priority was tackling off-road biking and anti-social behaviour in Grantham West, with regular patrols, but 'limited public incident reporting'.

“It has been a busy three months for the team, who have taken on the challenge of tackling the priorities for the area at the time when demand has never been more significant,” he said.

“I know that behind every priority is an issue that directly affects the communities that myself and my team serve, and we always work with you in mind.”

Teams confirmed January to March priorities, including monitoring speeding in rural areas (Stubton, Barrowby, Colsterworth) and addressing anti-social behaviour in Harrowby estate and the town centre.

| Image: Lincolnshire Police
| Image: Lincolnshire Police

In South Holland, the team highlighted the success of a warrant in Whaplode St Catherine where a 47-year-old man was charged and appeared in court with Class C drug offences after more than £1million of pills were discovered in his house.

The force’s Operation Limit drug-drive campaign saw 132 arrests for drink/drug driving offences in December - 46 related to drugs.

Other South Holland priorities included the seizure of thousands of illegal cigarettes and vapes across three Spalding shops, a “significant reduction” in reported hare coursing due to the dedicated Rural Crime Action Team, and a reduction in “fear of crime”.

The team says its priorities for the next four until March will focus on anti-social behaviour around the selling of illegal items in Spalding Town and further ASB in The Suttons, particularly around Tydd St Marty.

Boston’s anti-social behaviour data is the lowest in two years, according to its neighbourhood team.

Officers had focused on a reduction in Anti-social Behaviour in Boston Town Centre and Boston Town East and noted that street drinking ASB was 50% lower for the whole of 2023 compared with 2021/22.

The force highlighted the closure of three Boston shops for selling counterfeit and unsafe cigarettes.

Elsewhere, a 20-year-old man was charged with impersonating a police officer after approaching two homeless people using the collar number of an actual officer.

The next three months will focus on abandoned vehicles in Boston Town Centre and West, along with shop theft in these areas and Boston Town East.

East Lindsey was another big focus area for drugs, with a series of actions taken over the course of December and January. They include searches of addresses on Roman Bank and Tennyson Green as well as a stop and search operation in the Buster Bar Complex in Skegness.

The action resulted in four people facing arrest over the potential supply of drugs, as well as several others facing further investigations or being cautioned.

Elsewhere, in Ingoldmells, 32 traffic offence reports were issued by the roads policing unit in a concerted effort to tackle issues, while across the district multiple warning letters have been sent out to people regarding their behaviour.

Until March, the teams will focus on empowering the community to report and stop drug offences in Mablethorpe, addressing shoplifting, drug offences, and related anti-social behaviour in Skegness, proactively patrolling hotspot areas and targeting drug supply in the North Wolds, and addressing ASB while focusing on child online safety in the South Wolds.

| Image: Lincolnshire Police
| Image: Lincolnshire Police

North Kesteven Neighbourhood Policing team celebrated the launch of a new state-of-the-art knife crime educational space at Sleaford Police Station.

The Happening, built in the station’s old custody suite, features converted rooms for teaching young people about knife crime, including videos, audio, posters, and more.

In terms of tackling crime, the newsletter highlights a raid on a Sleaford store finding hundreds of suspected illegal vapes and counterfeit cigarettes.

Neighbourhood policing team priorities until March include focusing on scams like romance fraud or 'sextortion' in Sleaford rural, Cliff villages, Washinborough, and Metheringham. Additionally, addressing disruptive individuals in North Hykeham Town and tackling doorstep crimes or rogue traders in the North Hykeham rural and villages areas.

"In the county capital of Lincoln, the force continues its major push on drugs with priorities to reduce the supply and vulnerability across the district over the next few months. Particularly by dispersing issues in Carholme, and targeting specific locations and addresses.

Over the past few months, targeting areas like Monks Road and Sincil Bank to reduce County Line activity, increasing patrols on the high street, and renewing actions such as civil injunctions and ASB warning letters.

Elsewhere, speeding in Boultham Park and Birchwood Avenue has been a key focus, with additional ASB hotspots identified on Turner Avenue.

Finally, in West Lindsey, the team executed warrants to tackle cannabis grows and Class A drug supply, obtaining criminal behaviour orders for shop theft offenders.

They also proactively tackled criminal damage and ASB at Richmond Park, Scotter Village Hall, Park Springs, Manor Park, and other areas in Gainsborough and the wider district.

In Caistor and Gainsborough Rural South, the team engaged with community speed watch to reduce incidents, resulting in 90 vehicle stops.

In the town, two prolific shoplifters handed criminal behaviour orders while three arrests for drugs offences following warrants.

Area priorities will remain focused on the supply of Class A and other drugs in Gainsborough Town and Market Rasen, with speeding and traffic offences as priorities for Caistor and rural areas.

Contact local policing teams via email, and make reports online at lincs.police.uk/onlinereporting.

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