Lincolnshire Police have already made 139 drug-related arrests in the city centre this year, with the highest of 35 being recorded last month.
As previously reported, the unmistakable rise in city centre drug and anti-social behaviour problems has taken its toll on local businesses, families and emergency services with The Lincolnite recently highlighting the extent of the issue.
Since then there have been a number of arrests made by police, with nine arrests between July 27-29 alone.
Of the nine arrests one man has been charged.
- Peter Hall, 30, of Shuttleworth House, Lincoln, was arrested at the Stonebow and has been charged for possession of Cannabis. He will appear before Lincoln Magistrates on August 29.
- One woman in her 30s was handed a caution for possession in Burton Road.
- A man in his 20s has been reported for possession in the High Street.
- The other six people have been released under investigation, which has happened pending results from laboratory testing.
- Over the same weekend another two people were arrested for possession with intent to supply on Newark Road.
This is an ongoing problem in Lincoln at the moment and as of Thursday, August 2, Lincolnshire Police have made a total of 139 drug-related arrests in the city centre.
This includes drugs raids and arrests, but also secondary offences such as where someone has been arrested for another crime and is found to have drugs on them afterwards.
*These statistics don’t include the Bailgate or the High Street past the level crossing, but does include the Brayford area.
Commenting on the arrests made between July 27-29, superintendent for the Lincoln area Lee Pache said: “Our officers are dedicated to tackling people who believe it is acceptable to carry or use drugs in public places, and those who attempt to generate income from dealing.
“This is a tremendous result especially when you consider that this is just one type of incident that our officers attend. They are also urgently called to attend traffic collisions, concerns for the safety of others and reports of violence or disorder.
“We have been tackling these issues for some time and we will continue to take action whenever possible and appropriate. If you have information about drugs, be it the possession, production or supply, please make sure you report it by calling 101 and we will look into it as soon as we can.”
YMCA Lincolnshire are also trying to do their bit to help tackle the problem