Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police 'follow criminals 24 hours a day'

Career criminals in Lincolnshire will be followed 24 hours a day by uniformed and plain-clothes officers, it has been claimed.

Det Ch Insp Shaun West from Lincolnshire Police said known offenders would be followed on foot and in cars "relentlessly".

The idea behind Operation Stronghold is to persuade offenders to accept help from police to lead a crime-free life.

Mr West said police intended to "grind criminals into submission".

"We have always known the majority of crime like burglary and theft from cars is carried out by a very small, hard core of criminals in Lincolnshire and it is our intention to wear them down," he explained.

"The real aim of Operation Stronghold is to grind these criminals into submission.

"We offer them the support they need to get out of a life of crime - and if they say no - we follow them until they change their minds."

Support offered to criminals includes drug and alcohol dependency treatment, relationship counselling and life skills training.

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