Drink and drugs-free zone
The clocks have changed, the nights are lighter and the weather's better... and Boston Police and Boston Borough Council have stepped up action to deter street drinking.
Notices have been posted around Central Park in English, Polish and Russian warning that consumption of alcohol and taking of drugs will not be tolerated and offenders will be reported to the police.
The high-visibility presence of a mobile police station in the park this week will underline the message.
And owners of off-licences throughout the town have joined the campaign to reduce under-age drinking. They have now all been trained to challenge anyone purchasing alcohol who they believe to be under 25 to prove they are old enough to purchase alcohol. They have also been trained to spot those who might be purchasing alcohol on behalf of someone too young to buy it for themselves.
Yesterday (Tuesday, March 28) a team of police and a community safety officer from the borough council were out in force spraying a chalk-based stencil outside off licences warning of the clampdown on under-age drinkers and posting the don't drink or take drugs notices.
Boston's community police inspector Andy Morrice said: "We have had success in deterring street drinkers from the town centre, around the war memorial and the Stump. Now we will be concentrating on Central Park and Witham Bank. We want to keep people out of the habit now that the weather is getting better.
"The mobile police station will be staffed until late at night and anyone can come to us to report street drinking or anything else."
The initiatives come under the umbrella of the Community Alcohol Partnership which brings together local retailers and licensees, trading standards, police, health services, schools and other agencies to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour. Off licence staff in Boston have received high standards of free training in such schemes as Challenge 25 and ways to prevent alcohol being sold to adults for minors.
Police Volunteer Cadet Louisa Hulme (17), a uniformed public service student at Boston College, sprays the under-18 warning logo outside Pasikonik supermarket in Red Lion Street. She is enjoying work experience with Boston Police.