Have ‘police shut up shop’ in Gainsborough during the coronavirus pandemic?

Concerns that criminals are going ‘unpunished’ and that police have ‘vanished’ in Gainsborough have been raised by one of the town’s district councillors.

At the latest West Lindsey full council meeting, Coun Trevor Young, who is ward councillor for Gainsborough South West, said: “Have Lincolnshire Police ‘shut up shop’ in Gainsborough during this Covid pandemic?

“This might sound flippant but this is what some of the residents of the Gainsborough South West Ward are saying.

"During the recent lockdowns residents have reported a significant increase of thefts from their properties without police responses, this is totally unacceptable.

Policing in Gainsborough is an issue for residents
Policing in Gainsborough is an issue for residents

“The police appear to have just vanished, and we are informed that across West Lindsey there are going to be further reduction in local policing due to more financial cuts.

"There is strong feeling by Gainsborough residents that thieves and criminals are going unpunished already because of reduced police numbers.”

Coun Young said leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Owen Bierley, has given assurance that this policing matter would be discussed at the next Lincolnshire Police Liaison Meeting and Coun Young will be making a request that Gainsborough councillors have some representation at the Liaison Meeting.”

Coun Young has also posted on the Connecting Gainsborough Facebook page asking for residents to thoughts on policing in Gainsborough.