New bid to help keep our town centres safe

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An innovative new project has been launched by Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to help keep town centres safe.

The ‘Blue Light’ project’ aims to help society’s most treatment resistant drinkers and offenders in towns across Lincolnshire.

The programme, to be delivered by Nacro and Alcohol Concern, will introduce two specialist outreach workers to help these drinkers, as well as a training package to be delivered to people and organisations who come into contact with them.

The organisations include street pastors, family workers, supported housing and children’s services.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick said: “We need to keep our residents safe.

“This project will go a long way in helping to tackle the issues and root causes which trigger these excessive levels of drinking which in turn, causes anti-social behaviour in our communities.”

Superintendent Mark Housley, public protection officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is just one example, but in the past two weeks, a 35-year-old. has got into two fights with neighbours and caused criminal damage whilst under the influence of alcohol.

“Police have attended these three separate incidents and know there will be others in the future related to her.

“Previously she has been in and out of treatment but has not been able to sustain regular and meaningful engagement.

“We need to do something to get to the root cause of her drinking.”

Mark Holmes, from Alcohol Concern, said: “We’ve been working with Lincolnshire Police to identify those people who are regularly drunk and cause the most frequent alcohol related incidents.

“We then have assigned two specialist workers to help these people get their lives back on track by coordinating support.”