April 22, 2020 1.23 pm This story is over 27 months old

Lincoln police face night of violence and abuse

“Pretty much all the shift” were reportedly involved in violent or abusive situations

Lincolnshire Police’s chief constable says his force has the “full support” of him and the law after reports that a night shift had been targeted by violence and abuse.

Lincoln sergeant Mike Templeman tweeted earlier that it had been a “challenging shift”.

He said officers had faced “fighting and/or threatened with violence and verbal abuse at jobs, as well as dealing with serious assaults.”

“Great restraint and professionalism demonstrated by the team,” he added.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Responding to the news, Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that staff should not have to face such behaviour.

“They’re trying to go about their duty and keeping people safe and to be faced with anger and confrontation and violence is completely unacceptable,” he said.

“My staff have the full support of me and the law when it comes to violence.”