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Suffolk Police targeting speeding drivers

posted 18 Aug 2017, 07:44 by Chris Hoare


Police in Suffolk will be targeting speeding drivers as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, begins on Monday 21 August and will run until Sunday 27 August, seeing an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: "We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.

"Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four' offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision - alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

"All too often officers have to deal with the results of drivers speeding, which can be devastating, with families and friends being left behind to pick up their lives after the event. One fatality on our roads is one too many, but tragically 22 people have died in collisions in Suffolk so far this year.

"Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road.

"Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: "I fully support this campaign to focus on speeding. 

"The safety of all road users in Suffolk is a key priority for me as the county's Police and Crime Commissioner. I am extremely proud that Suffolk is one of only a few constabularies across the country to continue to invest in roads policing. Through my public meetings and my mail bag I know there is huge support for increased enforcement so I'm pleased Suffolk is bucking the trend by continuing to invest in this area.

"Speeding wrecks lives and there really is no excuse for it. I find it absolutely staggering that despite all the publicity and numerous warning signs, drivers cannot keep to the speed limit. 

"Speed limits are there for a reason. Speed is one of the fatal four causes of serious injury or death on our roads and these thoughtless drivers really do need to wake up to the fact that they are not just risking their own lives, but the lives of fellow road users.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

 For results and updates during the campaign follow the Roads Policing Unit on Twitter @NSRoadsPolicing.

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


18 Aug 17


Prisoner absconds from Hollesley Bay

posted 17 Aug 2017, 04:57 by Chris Hoare


Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

Bernard McDonagh, aged 32, was reported missing to police yesterday, Wednesday 16 August, after he was absent from a roll call.

He is serving a four-year sentence for burglary and theft offences.

McDonagh is described as white, 6ft tall, with brown hair and a goatee beard. He speaks with an Irish accent.



He has links to Romford, Brentwood and Southampton. Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Bernard McDonagh, or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

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To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us 

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required


The Police Connect Team

17 Aug 17

Operation Sceptre – results from a successful week of action

posted 16 Aug 2017, 11:36 by Chris Hoare


Operation Sceptre, the national week of action against knife crime, took place between Monday 17 to Sunday 23 July and was proactively supported by Suffolk Constabulary. The operation aims to highlight the risks that carrying a bladed weapon can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives.

Officers carried out weapons sweeps in two public parks in Ipswich resulting in two bladed items, a heavy table leg and pool cue being recovered in Jubilee Park. No weapons were found in Alderman Park. Ipswich Borough Council provided support during this operation.

During the week three people were arrested in connection with weapons offences, two of which were subsequently charged with possession of a bladed article in a public place as follows:   

·         Chloe Kittl, aged 19 and from Morland Road, Ipswich was arrested on 18 July and is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 28 September


·         Terry Audus, aged 32 and from Cutters Close, Beck Row, was arrested in Mildenhall on 20 July. He was due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Monday 14 August, but failed to do so and the court has now issued a warrant for his arrest.


The third person - a 34 year old woman from Ipswich arrested on 18 July - will face no further action.

Amnesty blade bins across Suffolk were emptied with the following results:  


-       Ipswich; 50 bladed items


-       Lowestoft; 204 bladed items including a sword


-       Bury St Edmunds; 252 bladed items including two swords


-       Sudbury; 85 bladed items


-       Mildenhall; 114 bladed items


The bins were last emptied in May 2017. Since the Bin a Blade campaign was launched in Suffolk in 2011, well over 18,500 bladed items have been deposited and destroyed.

Superintendent Simon Mills, who was in charge of the operation, said: "Operation Sceptre is part of our ongoing proactive work across Suffolk to take knives off the streets and out of the hands of offenders. The relatively small numbers of weapons recovered and the limited number of arrests for possession of knives during this period points to the success of previous work.

"There is no excuse to carry a knife in Suffolk. Knife crime can have devastating consequences and if you are found illegally in possession of a knife you will be arrested, could be put before the court and brought to justice.

"Knives do not keep you safe – quite the opposite. By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, being more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself. If you believe that somebody you know is carrying a knife, do the right thing and report it to us or Crimestoppers – it could save a life.

"There are a number of knife amnesty bins across the county in place across the county and I would encourage people to use them and help us to keep Suffolk safe.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "I fully support the Constabulary’s Operation Sceptre, we need to do all we can through education, peer pressure, policing and sentencing to make it absolutely clear that it’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon. I find it really disappointing that anyone carries a blade of any kind.

"The Bin a Blade campaign and the use of these bins is a great way of highlighting the issue of knife crime. I would encourage anyone who has a knife or any other weapon to dispose of them responsibly and immediately. Ultimately it is about making Suffolk as safe as possible.”

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

16 Aug 17

Home Security when you are away on holiday

posted 9 Aug 2017, 11:24 by Chris Hoare


Crime reduction advice in order to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime when you are away on holiday

  • Use timer switches to turn on some lights when it gets dark

  • Remember to secure windows (use locks, and do not leave keys in locks), doors and outbuildings 

  • Ensure any burglar alarms are set before departure, make this your last check 

  • Do not leave valuables on display - if possible keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passports & deeds to your property in a safe 

  • Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers & register them at www.immobilise.com 

  • Any important documents could be left with friends or family if there is no safe in the house 

  • Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house while you are away (to open/close curtains etc), collect post, to park on your drive. (leave them with your emergency contact details) 

  • Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries before you go away 

  • Keep keys safe and do not label keys 

  • Make use of Royal Mail’s ’Keepsafe’ letter and parcel holding service 

  • Any valuable items usually stored in the shed, such as bikes or tools could be stored in the house instead 

  • Lock away tools, gardening equipment and ladders 

  • Ensure smoke alarms are working correctly before departure 

  • Do not put your house address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination 

  • Use ‘dusk to dawn’ security lights 

  • Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company. Both http://www.nsi.org.uk/  & https://ssaib.org/ are independent inspectorate bodies for security systems.

Further security advice can be obtained via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


9 Aug 17

Communities asked to be alert to lead thieves

posted 8 Aug 2017, 02:49 by Chris Hoare


Suffolk Police are calling on local communities to help tackle incidents of lead theft from churches. 

The advice follows reports of attempted theft in Ipswich and Woodbridge in recent weeks; however there are concerns that some incidents are not being reported which limits the Constabulary’s ability to take action.

Police work in close partnership with churches to help detect and deter crime, and encourage all to consider the installation of lighting, CCTV and/or roof alarms.

Rural churches, in particular, are often targeted due to their isolated locations so members of the public are asked to report any suspicious activity they see. Stealing a large amount of lead takes time and a reasonably large vehicle to transport it, so any early reports will assist police in locating the offenders.

Chief Inspector Stuart Grimsey said: "We are asking local people to take an interest in their local church whilst they are out and about.  If you take the dog out for a walk, or go for a stroll, don’t ignore anything that you think looks out of place - report anything you think may be suspicious to the police.

"Communities can act as our eyes and ears, and by pulling together to note suspicious activity, we can deter thieves and help keep these historic buildings safe.”

Further security advice can be obtained via the Suffolk Police link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z choose Church Security

 

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


8 Aug 17


Six reports of doorstep crime Monday 7 August 2017

posted 8 Aug 2017, 02:23 by Chris Hoare





Suffolk Police are urging residents to remain vigilant following incidents of doorstep crime in the Saxmundham, Leiston and Beccles areas.

Police have received six reports yesterday, Monday 7 August, of rogue traders cold calling residents and demanding cash to repair alleged electricity faults.

There have been reports of a white van seen in the vicinity of some of the homes targeted.

Elderly and vulnerable people are typically targeted by rogue traders, however police are urging residents to also educate children enjoying the summer holidays to:

- Use the door chain or door bar when answering your door.

- Ask to see the caller's identity card and check it thoroughly. If you feel unsure, ask the caller to wait on the doorstep while you phone the company to check.

- Lock the door whilst you go and phone. Don't open the door until you are absolutely sure. Anyone who is genuine will not mind you doing this.

- Ask them to return at an agreed day and time when you have someone with you. Don't let callers put pressure on you to let them in.

- If in doubt - keep them out.

If you suspect a crime is in progress always dial 999. If you would like to speak to someone about rogue traders, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Suffolk Trading Standards.

Anyone with information regarding the todays incidents are urged to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 148 of 7 August.


Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity.


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


8 Aug 17

Straw Stack Damage – Farm Safety

posted 3 Aug 2017, 06:00 by Chris Hoare


With the harvest season underway Suffolk Police are warning of the dangers of climbing on straw stacks awaiting collection from fields.

At approximately 3.50pm on Saturday 29th July 2017 youths were seen climbing on a large straw stack on a farm in Hinderclay.  The youths also cut the bindings to some of the large bales and the stack collapsed causing significant damage valued at approximately £2,000.  The damage can be seen on the attached image.



A police spokesperson warned “The stacks can be in excess of 40 feet high and the bales weigh nearly half a ton each. People are not allowed to run amok on construction sites because it is too dangerous, and the same must apply for farms; they are a workplace with many potential hazards and should not be treated as a playground.

The children were trespassing and damaging the bales and if they are injured in a quiet, isolated area, they may not be found for hours. Parents and guardians need to be made aware that they are responsible for their children’s whereabouts.”

There are a number of footpaths around the farm and police are appealing for any walkers that were in the area around this time and noticed any children or youths to call 101 quoting crime reference 37/52004/17

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


3 Aug 17


Prisoner absconds from Hollesley Bay

posted 3 Aug 2017, 05:54 by Chris Hoare


Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

Mark Heanan, aged 30, was reported missing to police this evening, Tuesday 1 August, after he was absent from a roll call at 5pm.

He is serving an indeterminate sentence for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Heanan is described as white, 6ft tall, of medium build, with brown hair and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. He was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt, khaki shorts and black flip flops. A photograph of Mark Heanan is attached.



He has links to Kent and Surrey. Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Mark Heanan, or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


2 Aug 17

Suffolk SAFEKey Summer Message

posted 2 Aug 2017, 08:07 by Chris Hoare


Dear Police Connect Member

The summer holidays are upon us, and as a valued member of Police Connect, we wish to remind you of the Constabulary’s ‘Suffolk SAFEKey’ key fob recovery and keyholder database service; that protects your keys in the UK and the EU as well as Suffolk based properties.

Over 7,000 people are now members of Suffolk SAFEKey and over £35,000 of keys have been returned to their rightful owners as a result of the Constabulary’s service. So we are aware of the cost and concern resulting from the loss of keys.

Typical costs for lock repairs and replacements

Repair

Cost

Cut 3 x keys and replace locks

£225.00

Typical costs for vehicle lock repairs and replacements

Make

Model

Repair

Cost

Ford

Focus

Lock set and re-programme

£495.00

From as little as £1 a month Suffolk SAFEKey offers benefits including:

  • Metal Constabulary branded key fob, with a unique reference number, to assist returning keys.
  • £10 reward to the finder of your keys, courtesy of us, incentivising the return of keys.
  • Suffolk SAFEKey operates across UK & EU
  • Notification of found keys typically within 24 hours of being lost

Money generated above that required to operate the scheme is being driven back into the community to support projects and schemes that, as per the Police and Crime Commissioners objectives, seek to improve the quality of life for those that live, work, travel and invest in Suffolk.  

To join Suffolk SAFEKey, visit www.suffolk.safekey.org.uk or call 08444 121 802. By joining Suffolk SAFEKey, you will be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win £250 of high-street shopping vouchers.

I hope this service is of interest and something you may wish to consider joining, and on behalf of Suffolk Constabulary we hope you have a safe summer holiday.

For more community safety and crime prevention advice go to www.suffolk.police.uk.

Yours sincerely

Susan Garrod

Suffolk SAFEKey Team

Suffolk Constabulary

* Based on Insurance Industry data, cost of replacing keys on average fob is £500 (inc keys and locks)

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

2 Aug 17

Stowupland - theft of horse tack

posted 21 Jul 2017, 06:10 by Chris Hoare


Suffolk Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a rural property in Thorney Green area, Stowupland on Wednesday 19th July 2017.  Offender(s) forcibly entered a stable block and stole a brown leather saddle and bridle.

 If you have any information or witnessed suspicious people or vehicles in the area, please call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 49554/17.


Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


21 Jul 17


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