Police numbers are the ‘thin blue line’ says Horncastle Town councillor

Richard Barker inspects the vandalism in Lindsey Court, Horncastle. EMN-150316-171644001
Richard Barker inspects the vandalism in Lindsey Court, Horncastle. EMN-150316-171644001

Town councillors in Horncastle have expressed their concerns about the number of police officers on duty, saying it is “a thin blue line.”

Beat manager PC Dave Mills told a meeting of the Town Council last week that a maximum number of six officers were on duty on a Saturday - and sometimes only three.

He confirmed those officers were responsible for policing a huge area, stretching from almost Louth to Sibsey on a north/south axis and from Spilsby to Wragby on an east/west axis.

PC Mills said that three officers started work at 7am on a Saturday and were supported by PCSOs.

He said at 5pm, they were replaced by three other officers and then another three started work at 9pm.

The officers who started at 5pm, ‘clock off’ at 3am.

Councillor Stewart Attwood said he was concerned so few officers were covering such a huge geographic area.

He described it as a “the thin blue line.” - a comment PC Mills agreed with.

The concerns come as PC Mills confirmed several juveniles had been handed restorative justice orders.

It follows instances of thefts by schoolchildren from shops in Horncastle and reports of anti social behaviour in the town.

PC Mills said officers had identified some of the offenders who were now involved in ‘community work’ which involved projects like picking up litter.

He added letters had also been sent to parents.

PC Mills reassured the council and stressed crime levels were low in Horncastle and said PCSO’s regularly visited schools to talk to pupils.

He praised the efforts of PCSO’s and said they had an “excellent relationship” with youngsters.

Meanwhile, a businessman had hit out at vandals who destroyed flower displays outside his premises.

Richard Barker, joint owner of the Bridal Emporium, said vandals had struck last Tuesday evening in Lindsey Court.

He described them as “mindless idiots” and said he was reporting the damage - which involved three window boxes - to police.