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A number of arrests have been made by police investigating a group of children that is believed to have committed a range of offences against other children in Haverhill, including assaults, robbery and harassment.

And in a further blow to criminal activity in Haverhill police have also arrested three people in connection with a series of house burglaries in the town and further afield.

The arrests came to light at Haverhill Town Council's meeting on Monday, when PC Cheryl Claydon, read an update on police operations in the town from the Haverhill and Sudbury locality Inspector Matt Paisley.

Inspector Matt Paisley, the locality inspector for Haverhill and Sudbury. Picture: Mecha Morton
Inspector Matt Paisley, the locality inspector for Haverhill and Sudbury. Picture: Mecha Morton

PC Claydon told councillors: "The SNT are heavily engaged with partner agencies in tackling a number of identified young people who have (allegedly) committed a range of offences, from public order to serious robberies against their own peer groups."

Key individuals have been arrested, she added, and bail conditions and curfews issued while police officers work with partner agencies in social care, education and housing to look for a 'longer term solution'.

PC Claydon added: "Whilst we are yet to gather the evidence we strongly believe that the recent spate of graffiti could be attributed to this group.

Pc Cheryl Claydon is the Community Engagement Officer for Haverhill and the surrounding villages. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pc Cheryl Claydon is the Community Engagement Officer for Haverhill and the surrounding villages. Picture: Mecha Morton

"We will continue to investigate these offences in order to prevent, deter and prosecute those responsible.

"We also arrested one of those responsible yesterday."

A police spokesman has confirmed that three people, all aged between 10 and 14, have been arrested on suspicion of committing a range of offences in Haverhill, including assaults, robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, harassment and public order offences.

Another person has also been interviewed in connection to youth disorder, they added.

Police have made numerous arrests in connections with thefts from cars, house burglaries and youth disorder in Haverhill
Police have made numerous arrests in connections with thefts from cars, house burglaries and youth disorder in Haverhill

PC Claydon went on to say: "We have also experienced a spate of dwelling burglaries that have not only affected Haverhill but have spread across the locality including Sudbury.

"Thanks to some positive witness accounts and CCTV we have worked with other forces to identify a group from Lincolnshire who have been targeting the Eastern region, committing house burglaries in multiple numbers on certain days."

A Suffolk Police spokesman confirmed that one woman and two males were arrested in Lincolnshire on June 17 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglaries across the Eastern region and Midlands in May and June.

Among the alleged offences they are being investigated for is a house burglary in Chapple Drive, Haverhill, on May 24, when items of jewellery were stolen.

PC Adam Nightingale and PCSO Jess Mcleod on patrol in Rushmere Place, Haverhill. Image: Suffolk Police
PC Adam Nightingale and PCSO Jess Mcleod on patrol in Rushmere Place, Haverhill. Image: Suffolk Police

Other burglaries committed in Ousden, Glemsford, Elmswell and Long Melford, are also being investigated, added the spokesman.

Of the three people arrested, one has been bailed by police, one released under investigation and another remanded in custody in relation to other offences.

PC Claydon added: "They are being investigated as part of a wider operation and CID officers from Suffolk continue to work with other colleagues across multiple forces to build the case for a prosecution.

"Since the arrests we have not had any further reports of house burglaries."

PC Claydon also told the meeting that drug related activities and vehicle crime in Haverhill are also top priorities for the Police.

"Three suspects have been arrested and a number of property items have been recovered in relation to a series of thefts from cars in Haverhill.

"Enquiries are still ongoing while the suspects remain on police bail.

"We are working with the CPS towards a charging decision with the hope that we can get the three individuals into court.

"We continue to analyse these offences against times, dates and locations to identify the areas that are most susceptible to car crime."

"We will then be looking to increase visibility in those areas to provide reassurance as well as crime reduction, whilst in the evenings and overnight provide resources to ensure we prevent and detect offences.

"Officers continue to work with proactive teams developing intelligence around key incidents and individuals who continue to exploit the vulnerable with the drugs trade.

"In the coming weeks teams will be executing a number of warrants to target addresses linked to county lines dealing following already positive work recently arresting people known to be linked to drugs across the town."