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Returning Inspector delighted to be back in Haverhill




They say that home is where the heart is, and for Inspector Peter Ferrie that would appear to be Haverhill, where he has returned to end a 30-year career in the Suffolk Constabulary.

Insp Ferrie is back at the town’s station in Murton Slade to offer support to Matt Gilbert, who is currently Acting Inspector for Haverhill and Sudbury.

A/Insp Gilbert, who for many years has been the sergeant on the Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), has stepped up to cover for Insp Matt Paisley, who took up the role in April but is on long term leave due to a serious illness.

Insp Peter Ferrie, right has returned to Haverhill to support Acting Inspector for Haverhill and Sudbury Matt Gilbert, left. Picture by Mark Westley
Insp Peter Ferrie, right has returned to Haverhill to support Acting Inspector for Haverhill and Sudbury Matt Gilbert, left. Picture by Mark Westley

Insp Ferrie, 53, who will complete his last shift in November before officially retiring when he hits his 30-years of police service in January, said of his return: “I could not be more pleased. I absolutely love it here.

“I’ve spent almost half of my career here. Ten years as a Pc in Kedington and Haverhill and four-and-a-half years as an LPC (Local Policing Commander) and this last little bit.

“I will do whatever it is that he (A/Insp Gilbert) needs me to do. He’s in the chair. He is the LPC even though he is acting inspector and I’m just helping him with whatever help he needs.”

Inspector Matt Paisley. Picture by Mecha Morton
Inspector Matt Paisley. Picture by Mecha Morton

Insp Ferrie began his policing career in January 1992 as a Pc in Sudbury, moving in October 1994 to the response team in Haverhill, where he spent one year before becoming a beat officer in Kedington for the next eight years.

He then spent time with Special Branch, before a promotion to sergeant took him to Newmarket and Mildenhall SNT.

A further promotion to inspector led to a spell in the control room at the force’s headquarters before he returned to Haverhill in 2011 to become the LPC, which he left in April 2016 to take up a role as the response inspector in Bury St Edmunds.

Insp Ferrie believes that his return to Haverhill, as well as the return to the town of Stuart Manels as Acting Sgt on the SNT, means the community will be served very well.

“Matt has been here for donkeys years as the SNT Sergeant, so he knows Haverhill like the back of his hand,” said Insp Ferrie.

“I’m sat here looking at the SNT and they’ve got a lot of experience in the police and they’ve got a lot of experience of Haverhill.”

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