Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire’s Police Chief Constable says lockdown rule enforcement and relaxing COVID restrictions are the main challenges the force has at the moment, especially with a high demand for holidaying in the summer in coastal areas.

This comes as between 45 and 50 coronavirus breaches are reported each day to Lincolnshire Police.

Chris Haward became the new Chief Constable for Lincolnshire on December 19, 2020, moving his role as East Midlands Deputy Chief Constable, and replacing Bill Skelly who retired.

CC Haward said: “We’re now planning for June 21 [when further restrictions are lifted], and what that might mean to our resources and our resilience.

“We know for the east coast it’s mainly going to be people holidaying in the UK this year, and probably for next year as well, that the demand for holiday homes and caravans across the east coast is huge.

“We’re expecting a real rise in the population through the summer months. So that’s definitely a challenge for us.”

He added: “When we first started COVID enforcement, we were getting between 12 and 15 calls per day about COVID breaches, we are now averaging over 45 to 50 per day. So that’s definitely a big demand on us as we come into the summer months.

“It will be about antisocial behaviour and public order and rowdiness, particularly in our coastal towns.”

Lincolnshire Police handed out eight fines after three house parties in the Ermine area of Lincoln, on the same evening COVID lockdown restrictions eased for outdoor hospitality and non-essential retail shops reopened.

CC Haward said: “I urge people to abide by the roadmap that the government have set out. If we if we take our time, and we do it properly, then we’re more likely to come out of lockdown, and will be able to remain out of lockdown.

“We’ve come this far and for the sake of another two months, let’s just hold on to the discipline that we’ve had.”

He reflects fondly on his first 100 days in the role: “It’s been fantastic. Because of the time that I’ve joined with leading up to March and the new financial year, all the planning has given me an opportunity to go out and meet a good proportion of my officers and get out to some of the stations.”

Lincolnshire Police issued 367 COVID-19 enforcement fines, including those under local lockdowns, between March and December last year.

Eight fines were for breaches of face coverings regulations and another eight for international travel regulations.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after crashing his car into a house in Skegness, and he allegedly didn’t have a licence or insurance.

The man was arrested for driving offences after an Insignia car hit a house on the A52 Croft Bank, near the Lomax garage in the seaside town at around 11.40pm on Monday, April 12.

He then fled the scene after the incident, causing significant damage to the property — but luckily nobody was injured, and police issued an appeal to track him down.

Officers eventually found and arrested a 26-year-old on suspicion of failing to stop at a road traffic collision, driving without a licence and without insurance, as well as aggravated vehicle taking.

He has been released on bail while investigations continue, and anyone with information is being asked to call 101 and quote incident 514 of April 12.

Norton Disney’s amateur archaeology group have discovered Iron Age treasures after excavating a site in Norton Disney next to its Roman Villa, the site of a proposed animal rendering plant development they want to block.

From April 8 to April 9, they dug seven trenches supported by local archaeology company Allen Archaeology and found further evidence dating from the Iron Age, predating the Roman Villa.

Richard Parker, Secretary of the Norton Disney Group said: “We found some good examples of Iron Age pottery and an ancient nail, plus soil samples were taken for further analysis to get detailed environmental information.

“The other major discovery was archaeology in the form of ditches which appear to link with the Roman Villa field and the site of a proposed rendering plant over the road.

“It’s a bit of a jigsaw, but finally the pieces are coming together to link this bit of archaeology with that at Villa farm, the site of the proposed rendering plant.”

Findings from the Norton Disney dig.

He added: “A previous excavation by Lincoln Proteins two years ago discovered an Iron Age settlement close to where we were excavating, so there is a good reason to believe now the area we were excavating is part of the wider archaeology.”

A report will be written and passed to Lincolnshire County Council as evidence to show the negative effects the rendering plant would have on the wider local archaeological site.

The dig in Norton Disney was a major success.

In February this year, Lincoln Proteins Ltd resubmitted a planning application for an animal rendering plant at Villa Farm on Folly Lane in Norton Disney.

Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee unanimously refused initial plans in February 2020 following concerns over heritage and location.

There were fears the facility would “overshadow” the Lancaster Bomber gateway sculpture being built off the A46.

When the plans were originally submitted, there were objections from both local residents and North Kesteven District Council over odour and location. The county council received 1,105 letters of objection.

Villa Farm proposed development.

In February this year, plans were unanimously approved to demolish an existing animal by-products processing plant and build a new processing plant at the farm on Jerusalem Road in Skellingthorpe, which Lincoln Proteins Ltd rent from the Leo Group.

Alan Asker, operations manager, previously said: “Lincoln Proteins remain committed to a project which offers sustainable jobs within the food manufacturing industry, a vital addition to the Lincolnshire economy in times such as these.”

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