Duty Superintendent Paul Timmins tweeted at 6.46am yesterday morning (Tuesday): “We currently have 48 people in custody across Lincolnshire....22 for assaults, 10 for drink drive, 8 for public order, 3 for damage, 2 for sex offences, 2 for stolen vehicle and 1 for warrant...some very tired cops...thanks to all.”
He later added: “Just finishing up and heading home. Am very grateful for the commitment and hard work displayed by our staff over past 24 hours. We are so lucky to have a police service like this in Lincolnshire. Total dedication and passion.”
Chief Inspector Phil Vickers added on the matter of a number of officers being assaulted, including four in Grantham, that the Chief Constable Bill Skelly will write a statement for each person charged with assaulting his officers. He tweeted: “We cover large rural areas - backup can take time to arrive, so have a greater percentage of frontline officers issued with Taser than most (any?) other UK Force.”
The Force’s control room reinforced the feeling that it was a busy, hectic evening.
One of the team tweeted: “Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019!! We knew last night was going to be a busy one. We took a total of 599 calls during the New Years Eve shift.”