Cardboard police put in town to cut crime

Boston neighbourhood policing team's Pcso Paul Lote, ASB Officer Adam Eden and Pcso Emma Gardiner next to their cardboard cut-outs.NA
Boston neighbourhood policing team's Pcso Paul Lote, ASB Officer Adam Eden and Pcso Emma Gardiner next to their cardboard cut-outs.NA

THESE police officers are certainly ‘cut-out’ for tackling crime in Boston.

Shoppers in the town could now be doing a double-take as they are greeted by these cardboard figures.

The life-size cut-outs of police officers, Pcsos and Boston Borough Council anti-social behaviour (ASB) officers have been introduced as part of a initiative to cut crime. Several display a message that plain clothes police are operating in the location.

Insp Phil Clark said: “We are working closely with local businesses to tackle shop theft and reduce the impact such offences have on our local economy. Similar cut-outs have been used in other parts of the country with very successful results.”

Pete Hunn, principal community safety officer at the borough council, said: “We take anti-social behaviour in our town centre very seriously and want local residents and visitors alike to have a good shopping experience unspoilt by the actions of a minority few.

“The cut-outs will be placed in prominent positions in supermarkets and stores to reassure the public that ASB won’t be tolerated and to provide them with contact numbers to report problems.”