Louth police face “rude and abusive” comments following road closure

Lincolnshire Police. EMN-150810-170639001
Lincolnshire Police. EMN-150810-170639001

Police have asked people to “spare a thought” before being rude and abusive towards officers involved in necessary road closures, following a collision on the A16 near Louth yesterday evening (October 14).

The collision, involving a motorcyclist and an ambulance, took place near Burwell at around 6pm yesterday and led a stretch of the road, between Kenwick Top and Ulceby Cross roundabout, being closed until 10.30pm.

However, shortly after 8pm, Louth Police posted a tweet which said: “Please spare a thought before being rude and abusive towards us on a road closure. Closing a road is never a choice, it’s a necessity!”

A Lincolnshire Police spokeswoman told the Leader this morning (October 15) that the exact number of incidents were not recorded, and that police officers involved in yesterday’s late shift would not currently be available for comment.

The spokeswoman said: “Roads are not closed lightly, but closing them is important for investigative purposes.

“I’m sure that if it was their own relative involved in an accident then they would want people to be understanding too.”

• What are your thoughts on this? Did you witness the abuse yesterday evening? Email louthleader@jpress.co.uk