Police call upon Lincolnshire residents to act responsibly when restrictions lift on July 19

As we move to stage four out of lockdown, Lincolnshire Police is appealing to people to “please act responsibly”.

Lincolnshire Police.

The lifting of restrictions will mean that emergency services are in more demand, so the force expects calls for service to increase as lockdown lifts.

From July 19, face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement and nightclubs, theatres and other venues will re-open.

However, in line with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, police officers and staff will continue wearing face coverings and they would ask the public to continue to do so when visiting a police station.

Chief Inspector Andy Morrice said: “The Government’s guidance is not legally enforceable by the police.

“As we enter step four out of lockdown we would encourage the public to think about the impact their actions may have on others. We are still at the height of the pandemic and Covid cases are rising substantially across the county.

“With more people out and about we do expect to see a rise in incidents such as domestic related abuse, drink driving and violence.

“The reopening of all venues means more people will be out and about, bringing an increased risk of offending. Following the lifting of lockdown in 2020, the Force received double the number of reports of domestic abuse.

“Please, take care while out and drink responsibly.”

As always, it is the police’s priority to keep the public safe, and they expect roads across the county – particularly the coastal routes – along with re-opened venues, to become increasingly busy as people seek to enjoy the new freedoms offered.

East Operations Superintendent Mark Housley said: “Whilst we anticipate some change linked with the lifting of lockdown restrictions and school holidays, particularly in respect of hospitality in coastal resorts, we are also cognisant that over the last few months with some easing of the rules we hope not to have some sort of ’big bang’ type change.

“We will experience increased traffic and the subsequent issues, increased numbers in the towns, on the beach, and those using licenced premises, which is really welcome and a positive uplift for our local economy.

“In seeking to ensure people are reassured, and protected from harm we will have additional resources in place.

“I would like to express the importance of our communities responding sensibly and responsibly to unlock and the summer holidays. We ask the public to be careful and respectful of each other in every respect, from Covid protection through to road use.

“We ask that people realise that our coastal towns are likely to be very busy and increased patience and tolerance might be required. With a little bit of care and consideration I am confident we can migrate to the next stage of unlock in a pleasant and positive way but will all have a part to play.”

As lockdown measures are lifted, the force is also encouraging residents and visitors to download the What3words app for free, which can provide an exact location to emergency services, helping officers to find you quicker and potentially saving lives.

What3words grids the Earth into 3 metre x 3 metre squares to give each square a unique set of three words: a what3words address. For example, ///habit.user.unstated is the what3words address for an exact spot along the promenade of Skegness Beach.

If you need help, you can call 101 or 999 if it’s an emergency. They will continue to use communication channels to signpost to the support available from Domestic Abuse support service EDAN Lincs and the national helpline on 0808 2000 247. If you need a place where you can seek help away from your abuser, Safe Spaces are available in participating pharmacies and TSB bank. For more information and advice, visit the domestic abuse section: https://www.lincs.police.uk/reporting-advice/domestic-abuse/domestic-abuse/