Lincoln

A woman believed to be responsible for a “highly offensive and inappropriate” graffiti on the war memorial on Lincoln High Street has been sectioned under the mental health act.

Memorials and tributes to Sarah Everard in Lincoln were tarnished by rude markings and crude jokes. An offensive rape joke was found on the wall of the war memorial on St Benedict’s Square, which itself had been surrounded by chalk markings. The wording said “Batman is here to rape you.”

This came after powerful messages had been etched onto the pavement of the High Street, with victims sharing their stories and damning statistics of female safety in society.

A woman identified by police via CCTV is working with mental health professionals, while the force said they will work with the local council to keep the city free of graffiti.

Lincoln Police posted on social media on Friday, April 9 saying: “The graffiti contained a comment about rape which was highly offensive and inappropriate.

“This understandably caused anger and distress to those who value the memorial and its significanc,e along with those who were present that day to demonstrate about sexual abuse against women.

“We investigated this and identified a woman who we believe to be responsible via CCTV. However she was sectioned under the mental health act shortly after the offence.

“We then worked with mental health professionals which helped us to understand that it would not be appropriate for us to seek a prosecution in this case.

“Thank you to all who reported this graffiti to us and alongside the council, we will continue to do what we can to keep the city free of it.

“We understand the distress this graffiti has caused and we hope this provides a suitable explanation as to why no prosecution will be pursued.”

Lincoln Police’s statement about the incident.

Three takeaways have been vandalised in Lincoln in under a month and a man involved in all three businesses claims police are not doing enough about it.

Windows were broken at Bamboo Chinese takeaway on Lincoln High Street at around 4am on March 17. Black graffiti saying “boom” was allegedly sprayed on the windows at Pasta House on Monks Road at a similar time on March 25.

Most recently, the windows were smashed at King Kebab on Clasketgate by someone allegedly using a hammer at around 4am on Thursday, April 8. CCTV at King Kebab caught the incident on camera.

Lincolnshire Police said they take their “responsibilities to victims very seriously especially when an individual is repeatedly targeted”.

There is no video from Pasta House, but Charlie Brown, who is involved in the three businesses, believes police should be able to access nearby cameras including close to Lincoln College.

Charlie told The Lincolnite that he feels victimised and believes he knows who is responsible for all the incidents, which he is sure are linked.

One of the people involved in the business feels victimised by the incident.

He claimed: “Police seem so relaxed about it and are not doing enough. Police officers have come to see me to get the information and see the CCTV, but then told me they are busy and have to go. It makes me feel the cause isn’t important enough to them.

“Police need to act more as these kind of incidents will happen again.”

Black graffiti was sprayed onto the windows at Pasta House on Monks Road.

He added that “the community loves me and I want to thank them for their support” after receiving supportive comments to a Facebook video he posted about the recent incidents, which was shared over 160 times.

In the video, he says security in Lincoln is not good enough and that people are not feeling safe.

Lincolnshire Police said there will be extra patrols over the next week.

The force said: “We will be reviewing the incidents to see if there is any further enquires we can make or support we can give the victim.

“We take our responsibilities to victims very seriously especially when an individual is repeatedly targeted. We would like to urge anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call us with the relevant incident number.”

The incident numbers are as follows 46 of March 17 (Bamboo), 191 of March 25 (Pasta House), and 38 of April 8 (King Kebab).

The windows were smashed at Bamboo Chinese takeaway in Lincoln.

This comes after a string of other vandalism and disorder recent incidents in the city, including youths causing damage in the Bailgate area.

Three young men were arrested after a disturbance involving around 15 people at the Arboretum park in Lincoln turned violent and anti-social on Easter Sunday. The men have since been released on bail.

Local Inspector for Lincolnshire Police Claire Hime said: “Vandalism, disorder and criminal damage will not be tolerated. Please continue to report any information, suspicions or concerns that you have and we will investigate.

“As the COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift, we want people to be able to go out and enjoy our city safely. We will be out on patrol to provide a reassuring presence.”

A 32-year-old man has been charged by police after brandishing a knife and making threats demanding property during an aggravated burglary in Metheringham.

Nathan John Newman knocked on the front door of a property on Alfred Avenue at around 5.50pm on March 28. The man reportedly walked into the property uninvited after the occupants had answered the door.

After making threats he fled the scene on foot empty-handed. He also caused damage to the occupants’ vehicle, but fortunately there were no injuries reported during the incident.

He was described as wearing a black baseball cap and a black face covering with a white skull/skeleton pattern on it. He was also wearing a grey top, grey bottoms black trainers and a black glove on his right hand.

During the course of the police investigation, officers arrested a man in his 30s in relation to the incident. Newman, of The Furlongs, Market Rasen, has been charged with attempted robbery, criminal damage and possession of a knife in a public place.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have been in the area at the time, or those who saw what happened but are yet to make contact with the force.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident 273 of March 28.

Alternatively, it can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

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