Stamford’s geography contributes to crime, says Chief Inspector of Police at South Kesteven District Council


Stamford’s unique geography contributes to much of the crime in the town, a senior police officer has revealed.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers briefed South Kesteven District Council on some of the issues facing the borough.

While he says Stamford is one of the safest places in South Kesteven, he pointed to the factors that are behind many of the problems Lincolnshire Police see in the town.

Broad Street in Stamford. Photo: Google Maps

“There is a huge impact on Stamford because of two factors. The first is the A1 and the second is the proximity to Peterborough,” Chief Inspector Vickers told the Rural and Community Review Panel.

“Historically, we’ve seen offenders across the country who use the A1 break loose at Stanford and cause a short streak of crime, usually overnight.

“They will enter a particular development or a single street and commit a number of offences, whether it be thefts, motor vehicle thefts, burglaries, sometimes attacks on commercial premises. But it’s a fairly unique feature for Stamford that isn’t quite the same for Bourne or the Deepings.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers
Chief Inspector Phil Vickers

The Chief Inspector also warned that drug-related crime in Peterborough was tending to spill over into South Kesteven.

“We see offenders committing crimes to fund their drug use. Their offense extends to Bourne and Deepings, more than ever to Stamford. We are working closely with Cambridgeshire Police to figure out who they are, but we are seeing that element of crime coming out there,” he said.

“As we emerge from pandemic restrictions, we are seeing more crime and anti-social behavior around licensed premises. And Stamford’s offenders come mainly from Peterborough and surrounding areas. »

He added that although Lincolnshire Police is one of the least funded forces in the country, the force’s performance tends to be in the top half of national charts.

Other PCSOs have recently been recruited for South Kesteven and are expected to start in October.


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