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National campaign targets drivers using mobile phones

posted 16 Apr 2019, 09:17 by Earl Soham Parish Council


Police in Suffolk will be targeting drivers who text and talk behind the wheel as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

Operation Ringtone started yesterday, Monday 15 April, and will run until Sunday 21 April, coinciding with a nationwide campaign led by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC). 

Officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team and Road Casualty Reduction Team will be carrying-out extra patrols using both marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles, all fitted with cameras to obtain evidence to help ensure successful prosecutions.

During the last campaign, which ran in September, officers issued 99 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) to drivers using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, Head of the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: "Research shows you are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone.

"If drivers are using their phones they are distracted from the job at hand, meaning they are less likely to be aware of potential hazards and have slower reaction times.

"Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision, along with drink driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I whole heartedly support this Operation Ringtone campaign which will see a proactive week of increased enforcement across the county.

"Using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless and costs lives. It absolutely horrifies me when I see drivers on their phones and sadly, despite increased penalties, we see it all too often.  I will look forward to seeing if this week’s campaign shows any obvious sign of improvement.

He added, "I know I have said it before, but the best way to improve safety on our roads is for every driver to remember the fatal four and put your phone out of reach, belt up, watch your speed and don’t drink or take drugs if you are going to drive, that really shouldn’t be so difficult.”


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16 Apr 19







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RURAL CRIME

posted 4 Apr 2019, 09:39 by Earl Soham Parish Council



Emerging Crime pattern

In the Broadland and North Norfolk area's, tractors, Horse trailers and Quod Bikes and agricultural machinery have been targeted by thieves. We believe these are not opportunistic crimes but rather pre-planned with a known buyer or end destination already agreed. Please be vigilant, take number plates of vehicles seen and report any suspicious activity.

Livestock thefts

Over the last couple of months there has been an increase in livestock thefts in the county with sheep and fattening lambs being stolen. The thefts have occurred in plain sight. As yet no animals have been recovered but we continue to try to identify the offenders and work with Trading Standards, Defra, sheep farmers and the National Sheep Association in relation to these offences.

Theft of poultry remains an issue. We believe the offenders are local to the locations of the crime, and we continue to investigate.

Crime prevention

Please remember to take all possible precautions to ensure your property does not become an easy target for criminals. Lock windows and doors, remove keys from vehicles and ensure your property is marked so in the event it is stolen and recovered, it can be returned.

Consider placing tracking devices into valuable movable property and taking photographs of items of value. For more advice please contact me and I will arrange for one of our crime prevention officers to provide further advice.

How to contact us

Information is vital and can be shared with us on 101 or by telephoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111 or 0800 783 0137. Information can also be passed directly to any officer or emailed to me at baileyv@norfolk.pnn.police.uk or operationrandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

4 Apr 19

Results from successful week action against knife crime

posted 3 Apr 2019, 11:58 by Earl Soham Parish Council


Operation Sceptre, the national week of action against knife crime, took place between 11th and 18th March and was proactively supported by Suffolk Constabulary. The operation highlights 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 Alexandra Park, Christchurch Park in Ipswich as well as other public areas in the town centre.  A knife, three screwdrivers and scissors were recovered.

Police also delivered a number of knife awareness sessions into schools across the county as part of our revitalised programme of educational inputs to address the issues directly to young people and children.

Knife amnesty bins across the county exist to give people the opportunity to dispose of knives and blades safely. Since the Bin a Blade campaign was launched in Suffolk in 2011, 23,856 bladed items have been deposited and destroyed. A new knife amnesty bin was installed near the junction of Stricklands Road and Ipswich Street in Stowmarket on Monday 11 March.

Three knife bins are located in Ipswich (outside the Fire Station, Queen’s Way and Bramford Road) and at police stations in Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Sudbury and Haverhill.  Apart from the newly installed Stowmarket bin, the amnesty bins were last emptied in September 2018.

Full details for this news item including results can be viewed via the Suffolk Constabulary webpage - https://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/03-04-2019/results-successful-knife-crime-week-action

Anyone with information on knife crime in their local community is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

For more information and advice about knife crime do look at our website www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/personal-safety/knife-crime     

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3 Apr 19

Missing person appeal - Bury St Edmunds

posted 3 Apr 2019, 06:21 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 3 Apr 2019, 06:22 ]


Police are appealing for help to trace a 15 year old male by the name of Freddie Taylor missing from Bury St Edmunds.

Freddie Taylor was last seen at 15.30 hours on Monday 1st April 2019.

Freddie is described as a white male, 5’11 inches tall, with ginger hair, He is wearing a grey Boss tracksuit and black NorthFace Gilet, with black trainers. It is possible that he is in the London area.

  

Officers are concerned for Freddie’s welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen Freddie, or knows of her whereabouts to contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101, quoting Missing Person Ref 453815

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3 Apr 19







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Warning to drone users – nesting sites

posted 2 Apr 2019, 01:19 by Earl Soham Parish Council



Police in Suffolk are urging people who fly drones, either commercially or as hobbyists, to be mindful of the locations they operate in at this time of year due to nesting birds.

The county has some very sensitive sites in Suffolk where rare bird breeds, both native and non-native, are either already nesting or will shortly be arriving to do so. Some of these sites are protected from entry, so some users of drone may want to try and get a view from above, using the technology that is available.

People who fly drones are reminded that it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 whilst it is nest building or is in, on or near a nest with eggs or young; or to disturb the dependant young of such a bird.

Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural Crime team said: "From a birds perspective, a drone is likely to be seen as a predator and as such cause distress and disturbance, which amounts to an offence, if nesting. Just causing the bird to momentarily leave the nest is sufficient to commit the offence. We do not want to spoil everyone’s enjoyment of the countryside, but we would urge users of drones to be sensible and think twice about where they are flying.”

Fabian Harrison, from RSPB Suffolk, said: "Drones can have severe consequences for breeding birds, leading to abandonment and an increased risk of detection by predators. At a time when wildlife already faces so many challenges, we are imploring the public to stay vigilant this summer and keep an eye out for wildlife crime. Remember – if you see a crime in progress, always call 999.”

Police would also take the opportunity to remind people that the legislation is also relevant to dog owners around ground nesting birds, so equally we would urge people to be considerate and think about where they let their dogs off the lead.

If officers get evidence of such offences being committed, police will take action, which could potentially result in six months imprisonment or a fine of up to £5,000


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2 Apr 19

Missing Youth - from Felixstowe

posted 2 Apr 2019, 01:04 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 2 Apr 2019, 01:05 ]




Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 14-year-old boy from Felixstowe area.

Jamie Stevens was last seen at Bury St Edmunds Train Station at 10:00 yesterday morning 1st April 2019

Jamie is described as 5’7-8” tall, short to shoulder length hair. When he was last seen he was wearing black jeans, black Nike top, black NorthFace Gilet, black hooded top with black Nike trainers.





Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who has seen Jamie or who has any information on where he may be to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 442 of 1st April


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2 Apr 19












TV Licensing scam email

posted 2 Apr 2019, 01:01 by Earl Soham Parish Council


Police are advising residents to be cautious of emails from TV Licensing stating there is a problem with your direct debit or similar.

You are advised not to follow any links supplied in the email or give any of your banking information.

If you are unsure whether an email is genuine, always contact the company directly and not through the email.

For further information on how to check whether a TV Licensing email is genuine, visit their webpage https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288 or for more details about the scam please visit the Action Fraud website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/the-tv-licensing-scam-that-has-cost-victims-over-830000-and-how-to-spot-it.

If you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or call them on 0300 123 2040.  



Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

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

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


Police Connect Team
26 Mar 2019

Safe rider workshops

posted 25 Mar 2019, 05:17 by Earl Soham Parish Council



Police are issuing a reminder to motorcyclists across Suffolk that they have the opportunity to improve their riding skills and to have better awareness and ability while on the road at ‘Safe Rider’ motorcycle workshops, which begin next month.

Safe Rider is a joint initiative between Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle casualties across the counties.  

Last year 18 people were killed on Suffolk’s roads, three of which were motorcyclists. To date in 2019, four people have died on the county’s roads, none of which were motorcyclists.

The two-day workshops will run from April through to October, the months when it is considered the number of motorcyclists taking to the roads increases due to more clement weather.

They are aimed at all fully qualified riders who want to improve their skills to become better and safer riders.

In an effort to encourage more riders under the age of 25 to take the course, they will be able to attend for half price (£25) which will be funded by the Safe Rider scheme.

PC Andy Masterson, from Suffolk Constabulary’s Road Casualty Reduction Team and who has taken over organising the workshops, said: "With just two weeks to go until the first course of this year, I would like to take the opportunity to encourage riders of all abilities to attend a course.

"The underlying message of the workshops is that education is key - not enforcement - and they aim to give motorcyclists greater awareness of the hazards they may face when out and about to help them become better and safer riders and are designed to bridge the gap between passing the basic motorcycle test and taking an advanced test.  

"I am pleased that we are able to offer the 50% reduction of the course fee to under 25s again, as this is the age group we tend to not get as many participants from but who can potentially benefit the most due to being less experienced riders.

"However, I would still equally encourage experienced motorcyclists to attend as it is always good to refresh your skills. Indeed, all police officers who are advanced-level riders are required to have refresher training every three to five years.

"Relatives or friends looking for a birthday present idea for a loved one who is a motorcycling enthusiast, might consider booking them onto a Safe Rider course – in particular parents of young riders.   

"Reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads remains a priority for us and while the number of fatalities in 2018 was significantly lower than in 2017, one death is still too many.”

Safe Rider courses are aimed at riders living in Suffolk and are run with the support of Suffolk Roadsafe and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, with funding provided from Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club, along with Lings Motor Group and Orwell Motorcycles.

Riders who do not reside in Suffolk are also welcome to attend, though it is recommended that they contact their home county’s constabulary in the first instance to see if they have any courses available.

The workshops cost £50 per person, or £25 for those under 25, and are held at Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich.  

They start at 7pm on a Friday evening with classroom sessions on the system of road craft, with particular attention given to positioning and cornering.

The next morning, there will be an escorted ride out session with a Class 1 police motorcyclist. A maximum 3:1 ratio ensures an accurate and personalised assessment of riding performance.  

First aid sessions take place on the Saturday afternoon provided by Suffolk Fire and Rescue.

Participants are provided with lunch on the Saturday and are also given a Safe Rider bag for life containing a number of useful items, including a flask, keyring and Parker pen.

The workshop dates for 2019 are:  

April 5/6

May 10/11

May 31/June 1

July 5/6

August 2/3

September 6/7

October 4/5  

For further information visit the Suffolk Police website: www.suffolk.police.uk/services/safe-rider-workshop or if you would like to register for a course, call The Motorcycle Casualty Reduction Team (RCRT) on 01473 613888, ext 3722 or email: saferider@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Anyone organising a motorcycle fete in the county next year is encouraged to contact the RCRT as they may be able to attend in order to promote the Safe Rider workshops.


Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

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25 Mar 19




Countywide – PPI scam warning

posted 19 Mar 2019, 02:39 by Earl Soham Parish Council


Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after an attempted fraud in east Suffolk last week.

The incident occurred on Thursday 14 March, when a woman from Woodbridge received a call from a man purporting to be from the Government Regulations Claims Department in relation to owed PPI.

The victim is in the process of making a PPI claim and so believed the call to be genuine. She was advised that in order to receive her refund, she would need to go to Argos and obtain a £200 Steam gift card which is used for gaming.

Once she had obtained the card, she would then need to call a phone number in London beginning 0203 and arrangements would be made for her cheque to be delivered to her, at which point she would hand over the Steam card which would be used to pay the tax she owed.

The victim then went to an Argos in the Ipswich area to purchase the Steam card, but fortunately a vigilant member of staff informed her that this was a scam and that she should call the police immediately.

Other victims of similar frauds have been asked to purchase different types of gift card, including Amazon and iTunes.

Suffolk Constabulary is reminding residents that government departments, banks, or any other legitimate body, will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for a payment in this way.

For advice on keeping yourself safe against scams, please visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z.

For more information on this type of crime do visit: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-fraudsters-claiming-to-be-from-hmrc-jun17

Alternatively, report incidents of fraud to Action Fraud using their online reporting tool http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 1232040.
 
You can also sign up to the Trading Standards weekly email alert on rogues and scams targeting Suffolk at www.suffolk.gov.uk/JoinTheFight   



Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

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

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Hollesley Bay – Prisoner fails to return

posted 6 Mar 2019, 01:12 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 6 Mar 2019, 01:15 ]



Police are appealing for help to trace a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has failed to return.

 

Ambrose Farrell, aged 33, was released on temporary licence for a short period of home leave, but failed to return to a designated collection point this afternoon, Tuesday 5 March.

He is serving a four-year sentence for burglary and has links to the Peterborough area of Cambridgeshire and also to Leeds in West Yorkshire.

Farrell is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, of average build and with short brown hair.

 

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

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

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

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


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6 Mar 19

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