Three charged for Lincoln anti-social behaviour

Three people have been charged in Lincoln as police continue to crack down on anti-social behaviour and drug issues in the city.

Sharon Coleman, 38, and Jason Smith, 44, both of no fixed address, were arrested on High Street on July 25 and charged with breaching a dispersal order in Lincoln.

They have been bailed to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court in August.

Both were charged with failing to comply with a Section 35 notice, which means an officer has “reasonable grounds” to direct people to leave and not return for up to 48 hours.

Lincolnshire Police said: “Police have powers to issue notices in order to remove or reduce the likelihood of members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or the occurrence in the locality of crime and disorder.”

Further arrests

A man was charged in a separate incident following a call from a member of the public reporting anti-social behaviour in Clasketgate.

Andrew Atkin, 29, of Monks Road in Lincoln, was initially arrested on Wednesday, July 25 following reports of drug taking.

He has now been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour.

He will appear in court on August 24.

Ongoing police operation

The arrest is all part of an ongoing police operation.

As previously reported, Paul Bradley, 34, was charged with possession of a Class A drug after being arrested in Lincoln on Saturday, July 21.

A 36-year-old Lincoln man was also arrested in the city on the same day on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs, which police said at the time was part of an ongoing policing operation.

Local teenager Declan Reece Massingham, 19, was arrested at St Swithin’s Square last week (July 18) and charged with multiple drugs offences.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones and the Chief Constable Bill Skelly previously promised they will tackle the problem of drug taking on Lincoln’s streets as The Lincolnite highlighted the damaging extent of the issue.

The City of Lincoln Council also took action this week after recently spending £61,000 to fund an ‘intervention team’ to tackle the city centre issue.