Police have reported a ‘massive’ reduction in anti-social behaviour in Caistor – but councillors say more action is needed to tackle ‘ankle-deep’ litter at the sports ground.
Back in September police issued a warning to offenders after reports of fires, broken bottles and possible drug use at the sports ground.
Since then police have stepped up patrols – they say there have not been any further problems and have even reported a 60 per cent year-on-year drop in incidents.
But this comes as town councillors warn of a problem with litter, which they say residents are cleaning up.
Speaking at Caistor Town Council’s monthly meeting in the town hall on October 8, Coun Mike Stopper said: “On either Saturday or Sunday night there’s an issue with litter, at the start of the field around the skate ramps.
“It’s normally ankle deep in beer cans, pizza boxes, chip wrappers.
“By Wednesday it’s all gone.”
Deborah Barker said she had received an email from a resident who lives close to the sports ground, saying how he and his wife regularly clean up litter and broken bottles.
She said: “There are people in the community cleaning up for us.”
Coun Stopper added: “With limited resources, targeting is absolutely critical.”
Speaking at the meeting PC Chris Bell said figures showed there were 40 incidents reported this September, in comparison with 100 the previous year.
He said that in the past month he has been to the sports ground at least once every shift, and at various times of the day.
PC Bell said: “We’ve found people there (the sports ground) but not causing any concern.
“When there’s anti-social behaviour spates it seems everyone wants the police there to stop it.
“That doesn’t stop it, it just displaces it elsewhere.
“It’s a partnership approach to identify the people responsible.
“That’s usually done behind closed doors.
“Year-on-year figures show there’s been a massive reduction in anti-social behaviour reported.
“There’s a lot of work being done and it would seem to be working.”
But he did admit: “When cops go there speaking to young kids they’re not likely be be throwing wrappers around.”
After hearing councillors’ concerns, PC Bell agreed to spend even more time at the sports ground at weekends.
And soon CCTV will be installed at the sports ground.
Mayor Carol Mackenzie said: “The installation of CCTV should help.”
To report an incident of anti-social behaviour, call Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency number 101.
Police urge residents to report any incidents as soon as possible.