On the beat in Mablethorpe and Sutton beach huts

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POLICE officers will be available for locals and visitors to speak to in beach huts in Mablethorpe and Sutton starting this weekend.

An officer and a PSCO will be basing themselves in the huts for a week and hope to be at the heart of the action in what is expected to be a busy summer week.

They will provide information to help keep people safe in the local area as well as having leaflets from partner agencies including NHS direct, RNLI, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and East Lindsey District Council.

The initiative aims to ensure a visible police presence and provide a deterrent to potential criminal activity. Lost children can also be quickly reported and efforts to re-unite them with their parents can be instigated as soon as is possible.

PC Michael Swaby of the Mablethorpe Policing Team said: “People come to the coast to relax, unwind and have fun and we want to make sure that they are able to do so in a safe environment. We are very proud of the area we cover which enjoys low rates of crime but by being based on the beach it means we will be on hand to deal with any issues or reports there and then. It’s also a convenient way to provide large numbers of people access to us should they need any information or advice and I would like to encourage anyone who is in the area to come and have a chat with us.”

The Sutton hut will overlook the beach, behind the paddling pool and in Mablethorpe it will be on the sea front, near to the fair. In both cases, there will be pull up signs outside to alert people to the locations.

The project will launch this Saturday and lasts until Saturday, August 27. The initiative follows significant changes to the structure of Lincolnshire Police aiming to free up more officers to provide a visible presence in the county.