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Police and crime in the Deepings to be topic of meeting with Lincolnshire Police chiefs

Police chiefs are being lined up for a public meeting to address concerns over crime and the number of officers on duty.

The meeting in Deeping St James follows frustration among some residents over the handling of travellers who arrived in the Deepings area last month.

The travellers were accused of several crimes and anti-social behaviour, and arrests were made.

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones with Boris Johnson
Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones with Boris Johnson

Andrew Bowell, chairman of Deeping St James Parish Council, said: “After all of the trouble we had with the travellers, I asked for a public meeting with the police which they kindly agreed to have.”

The meeting will take place at the Open Door Church in Spalding Road on September 17 from 7pm and is open to people from the Deepings area.

Lincolnshire’s deputy chief constable Jason Harwin, the police and crime commissioner Marc Jones and the chief superintendent Nikki Mayo have all been invited to attend.

Andrew Bowell, chairman of Deeping St James Parish Council. Photo: Lee Hellwing
Andrew Bowell, chairman of Deeping St James Parish Council. Photo: Lee Hellwing

Coun Bowell said: “It kicked off on social media when the travellers came and there was a lot of what I thought was unfair criticism of the police.

People were saying that they were scared that nothing was being done.

“But police don’t shout from the rooftops, often because they need to keep quiet about what they are doing until it’s been carried out.

“By meeting up, I think people and police can learn a lot from each other and better understand each other’s concerns.”

Coun Bowell volunteers at Deepings Police Station, helping it to open to the public from 10am until midday each weekday.

The role of police volunteers is to advise people about reporting non-emergency crimes, and about crime prevention.

“I’m quite pragmatic about what the police can do,” Coun Bowell added.

“The two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) we have in the Deepings are wonderful and they do a great job in the face of adversity, but I’m aware through my volunteering that people perceive them as having little power.”

He added that in an ideal world the Deepings would have its police station open every day and for longer hours, and would have a police officer stationed there full time

While this wasn’t necessarily going to happen, he said he was pleased that the new Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, Rachel Blackwell, was keen on having a greater police presence in the area.

Anyone wishing to attend the meeting should e-mail Coun Bowell at andrbw@aol.com.

He would also like people to submit questions they would like to ask in advance of the meeting, so that the same thing is not repeated by several people, and the questions that are relevant to the most people are prioritised.

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