Lincolnshire Police issue statement after spate of violent crimes

Lincolnshire Police has issued a message to the public following a number of violent offences in the county in the last few weeks. It comes following the death of a man in Bourne and incidents in Lincoln over recent weeks.

There are currently two murder investigations ongoing in Lincoln, alongside the investigation in Bourne, for which five people have been arrested. Lincolnshire Police says they are not looking for more suspects in relation to any of these incidents.

The force says that this recent spike is “very unusual in terms of the number of violent incidents,” and accepted that they are “distressing” to members of the public. They are now working to reassure Lincolnshire residents that whilst these offences may have caused alarm, they are working around the clock to ensure the safety of people in Lincolnshire.

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It comes following two murder investigations in Lincoln, one following a death on Portland Street and another following the death of Marc Glasscoe.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Mayo said: “Over the past few weeks, we have launched two murder investigations in Lincoln, and now sadly, another murder investigation has been launched in Bourne.

“Our primary focus in all of these cases is finding justice for those victims and supporting the families left behind, and we have deployed additional resources to all of the areas concerned, so you will have seen – and in the most recent case will continue to see – an increased policing presence.

Police at the scene of a murder investigation on Portland Street, Lincoln
Police at the scene of a murder investigation on Portland Street, Lincoln

“We know how incredibly distressing these cases are, and our officers have been working 24 hours a day on the investigations.

“I realise that information doesn’t stop people from feeling frightened, but hopefully being able to assure you that as a result of that diligence, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with any of these incidents, will do.”

Ms Mayo continued: “We have charged several people in connection with the two murder investigations in Lincoln, and we have suspects under arrest for the case in Bourne.

“What we have seen over the past two weeks is very unusual in terms of number of violent incidents, and extent of that violence. Our latest ONS figures show that we have had a reduction in serious offences involving a knife of 26 per cent in 2023 compared with 2022; but we are not complacent and we continue to build on that with year-round activity to prevent violent crime.

Five people are currently under arrest following the death of a man in Bourne
Five people are currently under arrest following the death of a man in Bourne

“This includes The Happening Knife Crime initiative, which is an immersive experience designed to divert young people away from carrying a knife and becoming involved in serious violence. We also carry out proactive patrols in areas of concern, deploy additional officers in the city of Lincoln over busy weekend periods as part of Operation Safenight, and engage with schools.

“We also work closely with other agencies such as the OPCC, local Councils, health providers and probation as part of the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership’s Serious Violence Core Priority Group (SVCPG), to work collaboratively to prevent people from being involved in serious violence, both as victims and perpetrators, and reduce instances of serious violence in the area.

“This work is ongoing, and we won’t stop. If there is anything you feel worried about, you can speak with the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams, and of course, if you are worried about a crime, you can make a report.”

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