Police in Horncastle will take ‘robust action’ to deal with further incidents of anti-social behaviour in and around the town’s Tesco store.
The message came from Inspector Terry Bell, head of policing in the Wolds Division which includes Horncastle, Woodhall Spa, Wragby and Coningsby.
In his latest report, Insp Ball says crime rates are continuing to fall with a double figure reduction in Horncastle and Wragby, (down 16.3 per cent) - and Woodhall Spa (down 10.6 per cent).
Insp Ball reveals a police crackdown on anti social behaviour (ASB) around the Tesco store was success.
He also says officers have tackled problems with vandalism at the Alan Barker Playing Fields in Coningsby.
With regard to Tesco, Insp Ball said the main area of concern surrounded theft and general ASB ‘in and around’ the store.
Officers had targeted the area, leading to a local man being charged with four offences, including two burglaries at Tesco and a metal theft from Banovallum School.
Insp Ball added: “This individual now has bail conditions not to go near the Tesco site.
“High visibility patrols will continue in the area and robust action will be taken against any individuals committing offences.”
In Coningsby, Insp Ball revealed the neighbourhood police team had interviewed a group of individuals following vandalism at the playing fields.
He said a number of youths had admitted causing damage and were being dealt with via the restorative justice system with offenders paying compensation and carrying out community work. He added incidents at the site had ‘practically ceased’.
Insp Ball confirmed investigations were continuing into a number of thefts from shops. He said some suspects had been identified and revealed arrests were ‘anticipated’.
He also highlighted ASB offences involving the use of motorcycles had reduced significantly in the Clinton Park area but said officers remained vigilant.
In Wragby, police had identified a local youth who had admitted damaging a telephone box in Silver Street.
He said the youth had admitted to several other offences and had agreed to a conditional caution and to take part in the restorative justice system.
Overall, Insp Ball said he was pleased with the improvement in crime levels across the division with 79 less offences compared to the same period 12 months ago.