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Van owners urged to be vigilant

posted 23 May 2019, 06:58 by Earl Soham Parish Council


Motorists in Suffolk are being urged to keep their vehicles secure following a series of van thefts.  

The warning has been issued after 28 Mercedes Sprinter vans that use keyless entry were stolen between October 2018 and April 2019 with the majority of offences taking place in Ipswich where 23 vans have been stolen.

Vans have generally been stolen overnight from residential areas and car parks.

Keyless theft of a vehicle occurs when criminals use a transmitter to amplify the signal being emitted from the genuine key inside the owners house to reach the vehicle outside. This allows it to be unlocked and driven away in seconds. 

Commander for Southern area Supt Kerry Cutler said:  "We’ve seen a rise in the theft of vans in the Ipswich area in recent months, with Mercedes Sprinter vans being the primary target.

"I would urge anyone who owns a Sprinter van to be vigilant and take sensible measures to protect your vehicle.

"As a consequence of these thefts we are conducting a letter drop to all registered keepers of such Sprinter vans in Ipswich in the coming weeks to raise awareness of the issue amongst owners.

"Of course, the message is relevant to all vehicle owners – make sure you use as many preventative measures as possible to keep your vehicle secure.”

Officers are urging owners of such vehicles to be vigilant and take sensible precautions. In summary owners can take the following steps to reduce the risk of this theft:

 

·         In the house, store keys away from accessible doors and windows, inside a Faraday bag (search RFID security at www.securedbydesign.com for details of police preferred specification products) and then potentially into a metal tin.  Several anti-theft pouches are available which are designed to block signals emitted by the key.

·         It may be possible to disable the keyless entry function.  Check your owner manual or seek advice from your local dealer if required.

·         Use physical security measures such as steering wheel locks or wheel clamps to compliment your vehicles own security (www.soldsecure.com)

·         Owners could also contact their local vehicle service dealer to see if there are security upgrades that can be carried out.

·         Ensure that basic security measures, such as checking the doors and windows are secure, are always done.

·         Where possible, park vehicles within secure compounds covered by CCTV.

·         If you cannot park the vehicle in a garage, park it on a well-lit drive or well-lit area as close to your property as possible.

 

For more details on the above guidance you can go to the Constabulary’s A - Z of crime prevention - First Principle site and go to Keyless car and van theft

Anyone who may have information about such vehicle thefts should contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or report it online via the constabulary website: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update 



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23 May 19





Serious RTC - Debenham

posted 23 May 2019, 06:54 by Earl Soham Parish Council


Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Debenham.

The incident occurred just before 2pm on Saturday, 18 May, on the B1077.

A motorcycle travelling towards Aspall was involved in a collision with a green Jaguar, near the Bellwell Lane junction.

The motorcyclist – a man in his 30s – was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by air ambulance having sustained life-threatening injuries. He remains in a serious condition.

Witnesses or anybody who may have dash-cam footage of the incident or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the collision are asked to call the Roads and Armed Policing Team at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 196 of 18 May.

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20 May 19

Absconder from HMP Sudbury open prison in Derbyshire

posted 17 May 2019, 05:11 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 17 May 2019, 05:13 ]


The following message is sent on behalf of Derbyshire Police -

Derbyshire Police are attempting to trace Stephen Archer, 48, who absconded from Sudbury open prison on Wednesday 15th May.

Archer was convicted of murder in 1993.

He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of slight build. He has a shaved head, blue eyes and has a cross tattoo on the inside of his right forearm and a dagger tattoo on his left forearm.

 

Archer is believed to have links to Nottingham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk.

Members of the public are asked not to approach Archer, but to dial 999 immediately if they see him.

If you have recently seen him, or have information about where he may be, please contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

Please quote reference number 625 of May 15 in any correspondence.

Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.                                                                       

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

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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17 May 19

Countrywide missing person appeal – on behalf of Derbyshire Police

posted 30 Apr 2019, 04:14 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 30 Apr 2019, 04:15 ]



Request from Derbyshire Police - News release: 1186-260419

New image released in search for missing Derby man

Officers searching for missing man Stephen Winson have released a new image.

The 54-year-old was reported missing on Tuesday, April 23. He was last seen at around 6pm on Friday April 26 on Uttoxeter Road, Derby.

Stephen is described as being white, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black suit jacket, white shirt, black trousers and black boots. 

If you have seen Stephen, or know where he may be, please contact us on 101 with reference number 1186 of April 26.

Or see Derbyshire Police link - https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/news/derbyshire/news/appeals/south/2019/april/new-image-released-in-search-for-missing-man/


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30 Apr 19








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Pettaugh – Fatal collision

posted 23 Apr 2019, 09:20 by Earl Soham Parish Council


A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Pettaugh.

Police were called just after 2.25pm yesterday afternoon, Monday 22 April, to reports of a single vehicle incident involving a motorcycle on the A1120.

The vehicle - a silver Kymco Miler 125 – left the road and went into a ditch.

Paramedics were also in attendance, but the rider – a man aged in his 50s – sadly died at the scene.

 

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference CAD 201 of 22 April.


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

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

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23 Apr 19








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National campaign targets drivers using mobile phones

posted 16 Apr 2019, 09:17 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 23 Apr 2019, 09:21 ]


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   [ updated 23 Apr 2019, 09:24 ]


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     

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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3 Apr 19

Missing person appeal - Bury St Edmunds

posted 3 Apr 2019, 06:21 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 23 Apr 2019, 09:23 ]



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

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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


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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2 Apr 19

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