“More work needed” to solve Lincoln drugs problem

Despite arresting dozens of dealers and seizing large stashes of drugs, more work is needed to solve drug problems in the city centre, said the county’s police chief.

There has been a visible rise in the number of people openly taking drugs, but Lincolnshire Police say they have done “a lot of work” over the summer to tackle the problem.

In his latest vlog reflecting on the past few months, Chief Constable Bill Skelly said drug taking and anti-social behaviour needs a long-term solution.

He said: “We have experienced high levels of anti-social behaviour, particularly in Lincoln city centre. A lot of work has gone on during the summer months with our partner agencies right across the city.

“[This is] in order to tackle some of the issues of street sleeping, begging, drug taking and general anti-social behaviour.

“I really hope you have noticed a difference in these last few weeks. We have made some considerable efforts as a police service to intervene with a number of arrests for drug dealing and large recoveries of drugs.

“This though is a longer term problem and we will continue to work with our partner agencies to seek solutions to those that find themselves on our streets.”

The full video is available on the Lincolnshire Police YouTube channel, where the Chief Constable talks about anti-social behaviour, hare coursing and fraud.