Volunteers called to action stations

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VOLUNTEERS are helping to strengthen the thin blue line in Kirton.

Two new volunteers have been recruited to man the village’s police station at designated times.

Although the station, off Station Road, is officially open seven days a week, a police presence cannot always be guaranteed.

“We can’t always be at the station if we are out on jobs, so it is great we have community volunteers who can man the station at certain times when we are not here,” said Pcso Neil Williams.

“People can come in and report crimes or incidents to the volunteers and when we return we will follow them up.”

The latest recruits to the Kirton policing team are Betsy Gratton, 35, and Paul Dawson, 56.

“I have got quite a lot of time on my hands and I wanted to do something I felt comfortable with, so I decided to volunteer,” said Paul, who lives in the village.

Betsy, who lives near Spalding, added: “I grew up around this area in Sutterton, so I know it very well. I am looking to work at the station for one day a week as I also have a part-time job.”

Community beat manager Pc Martin Appleby welcomed the latest recruits.

“People expect to see us on the beat but they also expect to see us in the station, so the volunteers will mean we can spend more time out and about,” he added.

In the near future, Pcso Williams said he hoped to be able to offer exact times for when the station would be manned.

l Kirton Police Station is designated to open from 8am-10pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm during weekend.

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