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Rachel Blackwell, new neighbourhood policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, is keen to find out what people want the police to focus on

People are being asked to give their opinions on how police time and resources should be used used in our towns and villages.

Rachel Blackwell, the new neighbourhood policing inspector for Stamford Bourne and the Deepings, is keen to find out what residents and business owners want the police to focus on.

In the three towns, and in Lincolnshire villages up to Billingborough, people will be asked as series of questions, including which crimes cause them the most concern, and which they have been a victim of.

Stamford Police Station
Stamford Police Station

Insp Blackwell said: “For a long time now the priorities have been set by a panel of interested volunteers from the community.

“While we continue to value the work they do, I recognise that it’s important to capture the opinions of people from a much broader demographic and people are not necessarily inclined to come into a police station to tell us what to focus on.

“If we canvass people’s views from a range of different media we will get a better picture of people’s concerns and policing priorities.”

The survey will be printed in Mercury next week (August 23) for people to complete and return.

Printed copies will also be available from August 26 to pick up at Stamford, Bourne and Deepings police stations and libraries, from Bourne and Deepings leisure centres and from the Elsea Park Community Centre in Bourne.

It will also be online with a link to it from the Mercury’s website and Facebook page.

The survey is similar to one which was carried out this Summer in Rutland which identified road safety, speeding and anti-social behaviour as chief causes for concern.

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