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There will be no ‘ruff’ justice dished out with these ‘cops’ patrolling the Boston area and sniffing out criminals

Dogs and their owners took part in a special event at the weekend called ‘COPs - Canines on Patrol’ which saw hundreds take to Boston’s Witham Way Country Park, in Tattershall Road.

The new initiative was organised by the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to encourage dog walkers to report any suspicious activity they spot when outside with their pets.

Pcso David McPherson, who is heading up the scheme, said this section of the community can be a great help in their fight against crime as they are often outside at early and late hours, following familiar routes.

In the past, they have reported a number of crimes to police – including robberies, thefts, drug offences and criminal damage.

“It went really well – so well in fact that we are hoping to do another one in the summer,” said Pcso McPherson.

“We’ve already had reports from dog walkers about people drinking in the park and littering with bottles and cans, which we otherwise may not have been informed about,” he added.

The event gave visitors the chance to speak to police, representatives from the RSPCA and the council’s anti-social behaviour team.

They also had the opportunity to sign up to the police’s Lincs Alert community messaging system, get their dogs micro-chipped and enter a raffle for doggie prizes donated by Pets at Home and Animal Magic.




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