‘Canines on Patrol’ event

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A special event is taking place this weekend giving dog walkers the chance to help in the fight against crime.

The new initiative by Lincolnshire Police, called COPs - Canines on Patrol - will encourage dog walkers to report any suspicious activity they spot when outside with their pets.

An event to launch the COPs scheme, and promote the authority’s Lincs Alert community messaging service, is being held on Saturday and Sunday, at Witham Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston, 9.30am-2pm.

Pcso David McPherson, who is behind the scheme, said: “Dog walkers are a section of the community who are in an excellent position to spot suspicious activity and to report those suspicions to the police.

“Dog owners tend to be out walking their pets late at night or early in the morning and often follow the same route so are able to easily spot when something is amiss or out of the ordinary.”

He added: “COPs is all about local residents looking after the area where they live and giving the community a means of communication to share latest alerts and crime prevention advice”.

The mobile police station will be used as a base by the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team from Boston Borough Council.

Also in attendance will be the RSPCA and a local vet practice, who will be offering a dog micro-chipping service.

Members of the public will be encouraged to sign up to Lincs Alert.

Those who do will have their names entered into a draw to win ‘doggy prizes’, courtesy of Pets At Home and Animal Magic, of Emery Lane in Boston.