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'Rule-breakers should expect to be fined': Coronavirus lockdown warning from Suffolk's chief constable Steve Jupp

We are currently in unprecedented and challenging times.

As a constabulary we acknowledge most people are trying their best to adapt and follow the rules for everyone’s safety.

I would like to thank you for that, and am confident you will keep doing the right thing as these new measures are taking effect.

Steve Jupp
Steve Jupp

Suffolk police will continue to engage with people proportionately, fairly, and using the well-established 4E’s process (Engage, Explain, Encourage, Enforce) to support the new regulations.

However, a minority of the public may still choose to put lives at risk by their behaviour.

Not following the regulations and measures put in place to limit the spread of the virus is unacceptable, and my staff will not waste time with endless encouragement for those who knowingly or deliberately break the rules.

People recklessly ignoring the rules should expect to receive a fixed penalty notice.

Over and above our normal responsibilities, the service has had to adapt to the realities of Covid-19 since March, and we will continue to assess the situation and respond accordingly.

Whilst demand levels remain high we are well prepared to respond to any crime or other issues that arise.

I would to highlight some of the good work still taking place to support the local community in west Suffolk.

In Sudbury earlier this month officers were able to prevent a large-scale Unlicensed Music Event taking place in Long Melford.

There has also been some good partnership work between the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Babergh District Council and Environment Health to support some residents suffering from mental health issues.

In both Haverhill and Sudbury a number of road safety initiatives have taken place, resulting in a number of positive results.

Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds was highlighted as a local concern around Covid-19 case rises and officers have been conducting extra high-visibility patrols to provide some additional reassurance, engaging with local premises and the community. Similar patrols took place in the town centre.

Prior to the tougher restrictions coming in effect on November 5 officers were engaging with licensed premises to ensure that the Tier 1 guidelines were being adhered to and generally most premises have abided by the earlier closing times.

Some targeted work was done at premises in both Mildenhall and Stowmarket with words of advice being given to some licensees.

When we move out of the current stricter regulation phase the licensing engagement will continue.

Finally, Remembrance Sunday was significantly affected this year with the cancellation of a number of usually high-profile parades.

The constabulary continued its tradition of wreath laying, but this was done at a time to ensure that Covid-19 rules were followed.

I know some of you still wanted to pay your respects and for those that did thank you for ensuring social distancing was maintained especially in Bury St Edmunds, where a good number attended to watch the small ceremony take place.

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