Police remove men from Lincoln centre for drinking, drug taking and begging

Police removed a number of men from the centre of Lincoln over bank holiday weekend in a mission to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Between Friday and Sunday officers dealt with four breaches of the city council’s Public Space Protection Order – two men were street drinking and failed to surrender their alcohol and two were using legal highs.

The city council’s Public Space Protection Order forbids these activities 24/7 and under a police dispersal order, which was in force from Friday morning, the men were asked to leave the city centre.

The council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team were notified of the offences. The individuals now face prosecution.

Another man was asked to leave the city centre on suspicion of begging.

He failed to comply with being dispersed from the city centre, was found to have returned later in the day and he was arrested.

Paul Roome, 42 of no fixed address has been charged with ‘failing to comply with police direction’ and will appear before Lincoln Magistrates on September 21.

The patrols took place in Lincoln’s High Street, Bailgate, St Mark’s Square, St Swithin’s Square, Saltergate and surrounding areas.

Pat Coates, Inspector for Lincoln, said: “This enforcement isn’t a one off and you will regularly see us walking the beat in Lincoln and taking action against anti-social behaviour.

“We actively enforce the city council’s Public Space Protection Order which forbids drinking in the street and the use of intoxicating substances.

“Over the weekend we did have some reports from the public about where offences were taking place and that helped us to be in the right place at the right time.

“Please continue to report any cases or suspicious activity if you see an officer or by calling us on 101.”