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Suffolk’s Chief Constable Steve Jupp on what has been keeping police busy in Sudbury, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Mildenhall and Stowmarket

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Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) have been busy across West Suffolk in the past month or so, working hard to solve issues in the community.

I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on some of the work they have been doing.

Sudbury SNT officers have been identifying suppliers of Class A drugs in town.

Suffolk’s Chief Constable Steve Jupp
Suffolk’s Chief Constable Steve Jupp

Officers located a male who was arrested for being concerned in supply Class A drugs where a large amount of cash was also seized. The investigation is ongoing.

Enquiries are also ongoing to identify those responsible for a small number of burglaries to business premises in Sudbury town centre in week commencing April 15. I’d like to reassure people there are increased patrols are taking place in the area.

Haverhill SNT officers continue to work on problem-solving the anti-social behaviour being caused by a number of groups of youths in the town.

Officers have engaged with the individuals and their parents, where appropriate, explaining the circumstances and the consequences of their actions if their behaviour continues.

There have also been a small number of thefts from motor vehicles and we encourage the public to ensure they remove valuables from their vehicles, double check they are locked and continue to report any suspicious behaviour especially if it is caught on CCTV/Doorbell video.

Community Engagement Officer Darren Marshall and PCSO Grant Skeggs assisted with the School Liaison Officers recently and attended a Haverhill primary school as part of the new Mini Police initiative aimed at Year 5s where they will be learning about the effects of anti-social behaviour, internet safety and spotting vital clues at crime scene scenarios.

Bury St Edmunds Neighbourhood Response Team (NRT) and SNT have looked at anti-social behaviour and rough sleeping to the rear of Newmarket Road / Olding Road car park.

The people involved have been served with community protection warning notices with conditions to stop their behaviour and keep away from other specified areas (York Close).

They also have preventative conditions to deter them from setting up any future encampments within 100 metres of any residential premises.

Street drinking in the town centre is subject of some partnership working to avoid the escalation we have seen in previous summers and will form part of our summer delivery plan.

This will involve engagement and if required enforcement with Community Protection Notices.

There have been two property closure orders within the town which are going to be extended to the end date of the former residents’ tenancy to prevent them returning when the closure orders expire.

Newmarket has seen some excellent partner and police work in relation to a slavery and trafficking order.

This was upheld at court for a three-year period and the individual concerned is now subject to strict conditions.

A suspect who had been photographed pointing a BB gun out of a window in the High Street was appropriately dealt with and the BB gun surrendered.

Guineas Shopping Centre problem-solving plan is still active and in place ready for any possible increase in street drinking linked to warm weather.

Mildenhall NRT and SNT have worked hard on the anti-social behaviour caused by some young people in the area and this has decreased substantially as a result.

The focus is moving into other areas but this is still far less of an issue than the previous six months.

One person now has a four-month referral order and another is due at court soon.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore attended the Mildenhall Market with the Mildenhall police stall on Friday, April 22.

Thank you to everyone who came to speak to officers and the PCC for good reception they were given.

Stowmarket police teams have been focussing attention on anti-social behaviour, including graffiti around the town centre and Fox Court.

They have conducted frequent patrols engaging with people using the town and living or working nearby.

A number of juveniles who may have been involved in poor behaviour have been identified and spoken to.

We have been proportionate in our response, speaking with the juveniles and parents to prevent further issues.

Officers have also been working closely with our partner agencies and looking at long-term solutions to resolving the issue.

Elsewhere there have been some catalytic converter thefts in the area and we have been offering crime prevention advice at our ‘Street Meets’ and other pop-up events.

A ‘CAT’ marking event was arranged with the aim of marking vehicles, and was well attended.

All the examples above showcase just some of the brilliant work being done in the west of the county by my officers and staff.

I assure you we are committed to do everything we can to provide all our communities with an excellent service.

Thank you for all the support you give us.