Life’s a beach for coast crime squad

Pictured are left to right: Assistant Chief Constable Keith Smy, PCSO Ian Greenshields, PC Michael Swaby and PSCO Jo Drake.
Pictured are left to right: Assistant Chief Constable Keith Smy, PCSO Ian Greenshields, PC Michael Swaby and PSCO Jo Drake.

POLICE have hailed a new crime-fighting initiative in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, which has seen officers take up posts in beach huts in an aim to engage with the community.

Assistant Chief Constable, Keith Smy, visited the hut in Mablethorpe on Wednesday to see the scheme in action. And the project has had a great response so far, offering locals and tourists a chance to meet with police officers and PCSOs and discuss their concerns.

The project ran from August 20 until August 27 and it was hoped that the police presence would be a crime deterrent during a busy summer week on the beaches.

As a result of the added involvement with local people, an arrest has been made in relation to the break-in at the RNLI mobile lifeguard unit on August 12, where £2,500 worth of equipment was taken. Police have confirmed a man is currently on bail.

Police worked in conjunction with other agencies including the RNLI, NHS and the Coastguard offering an information point for a number of local issues.

PC Michael Swaby, one of the officers stationed at the beach huts, is pleased with the initiative so far. He said: “So far we have had a great response from people in the area and they are pleased, if not a little surprised, to see us based on the beach in a chalet.

“I think the novelty and the convenience of the initiative might make people more inclined to approach us with information or for advice so it’s a great way of engaging with people we might not otherwise have had the opportunity to speak to.

“We are talking to people in a relaxed environment rather than somewhere more formal like a police station and we’ve found that this makes for very positive interactions with the public.”

l Do projects like this really help fight crime in our area? Send your thoughts to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk .