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Pet owners warned to be vigilant after a number of dog thefts this year

posted 26 Jun 2020, 03:34 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 26 Jun 2020, 03:35 ]


Suffolk Constabulary is warning pet owners to take extra care after seeing a number of dog thefts this year. 

Sergeant Brian Calver said: "Organised crime groups are actively targeting addresses, with working breeds tending to be those that are favoured by criminals.  

"The loss of any pet can be devastating to owners, with the added trauma of not knowing what sort of conditions the dog is being subjected to. We would advise dog owners to review security of any outdoor kennels.” 

There have been 12 confirmed cases where dogs have been stolen within the county this year, and Sgt Calver said all bar one of the incidents involved the theft of dogs that would be classed as working gun breeds. 

Security measures to prevent thefts include good quality locks and lighting, while consideration should be given to CCTV and sensors as these offer an early alert to the presence of intruders.  

Gardens should be well secured with fencing or hedges, while gates should be kept locked.  

Owners are advised not to leave dogs out in open gardens and yards when they are not at home and, if possible, they should be brought into the house overnight.  

Ensure your dog is chipped and, if neutered, mark the dog’s tag as such as this makes them less attractive to thieves that may want to steal them for breeding. When out walking, if you let your dog off the lead, don’t allow it to leave your sight. 

Sgt Calver also advised dog owners to ensure they were not giving away personal details online. 

He said: "Consider your security on social media and avoid giving away details that may highlight your address and the fact you have a dog which could be attractive to thieves.  

"We would encourage you to be vigilant of suspicious persons seen around addresses, or any cold callers. Please report such activity, with descriptions of the individuals and their vehicles, as well as sharing those concerns on local watch groups.” 

Sgt Calver also urged owners of other pets to be wary of thieves, saying birds had been stolen too. 

Anybody with any information regarding the theft of dogs or other pets is encouraged to contact Suffolk police via:

Website: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – call 101

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

General crime prevention advice can be found by visiting www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

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 Jun 20

Countywide – Speeding campaign results

posted 24 Jun 2020, 07:11 by Chris Hoare


Over 2,000 motorists were caught speeding in Suffolk during a recent two-week enforcement campaign.

 The initiative - which took place between Monday 25 May and Sunday 7 June - was co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and saw an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county, whilst promoting the message #SlowDownSaveLives.

Officers spoke with drivers during the campaign, aiming to highlight the dangers of speeding and informing them of the risks and consequences that driving above the limit can have.

During this year’s campaign a total of 2,100 motorists were caught speeding, 1,721 of which were caught by fixed/mobile cameras, while the remainder were caught by police officers on patrol.

Of those caught speeding 1,472 were cars, nine were motorcycles, 595 were vans and 24 were lorries.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, Head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads & Armed Policing Team, said: "It is encouraging that as we have seen traffic flow steadily increase with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, a large majority of drivers have stuck to the speed limits.

"We work closely with our partners all-year round to target those that chose to drive too fast as 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.

"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 & Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore added: "Over the past couple of months most of us were staying at home in line with Government guidance and this naturally meant there were fewer vehicles on our roads, which had a positive impact on road safety during this critical time.

"As the lockdown eases we need to keep up the good work and continue to drive responsibly.  For the the irresponsible individuals who continue to drive at excessive speeds I’d like to warn them that our roads policing team continues to enforce speeding and if you are caught you will be prosecuted.

"Enforcement of the speed limits, which are there to help improve road safety, benefits all road-users.  I know I speak on behalf of my Roadsafe partners when I say, please stick to the limits and keep yourself and others safe.”

Infographic of the full results via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/22-05-2020/slowdownsavelives-speeding-campaign-results

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
24 Jun 20

Helmingham – Appeal after serious RTC

posted 23 Jun 2020, 03:20 by Chris Hoare


Officers are appealing for witnesses or information after a serious road traffic collision involving a van and a cyclist in Helmingham.

Police were called yesterday, Monday 22 June, at just before 1:10pm to reports of a collision involving a woman cyclist and a Ford Transit van on the B1077, approximately a mile south of Helmingham village.

Emergency services attended the scene, and the cyclist, a woman in her 40s was taken by Air Ambulance to Addenbrooks hospital having sustained serious head injuries as a result of the collision. She remains in hospital at this time and her condition is described as critical.

The van involved was a white Ford Transit van with a distinctive orange light on the roof which was travelling southbound towards Ashbocking/Ipswich.

Police arrested the two occupants of the van at the scene on suspicion causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The man and woman have been taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where they will be questioned by officers.

The road was closed for several hours to allow an investigation into the circumstances of the incidents to get underway and has now re-opened.

Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was driving in that area today, either immediately before or after the collision, and who has a dashcam fitted in their vehicle to contact the Roads and Armed Policing Team quoting CAD 199 of 22 June via

Dash-cam report form - http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/9-dashboard-camera-report-form

Email – Paul.Jackson@suffolk.pnn.police.uk          

Phone – Call 101

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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.


Police Connect Team
23 Jun20

Absconder from Hollesely Bay - Saun Moorehouse

posted 22 Jun 2020, 02:53 by Chris Hoare


Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has absconded from Hollesley Bay prison.

Saun Moorehouse, aged 32, was reported as missing by prison officers to police yesterday, Sunday 21 June at 6am.

He is serving a six year, five month sentence for conspiracy to commit robbery.

He is described as six foot tall, is of thin build, has brown eyes and blonde hair. He has an Irish accent and has a scar on his left hand.

Anyone who sees him should not approach him, but should contact Suffolk police, quoting CAD 87 of 21 June 2020.

Photo via - https://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/wanted-persons/saun-moorehouse

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

22 Jun 20



Residents reminded to be vigilant of telephone scams

posted 22 Jun 2020, 02:51 by Chris Hoare


Police & Suffolk Trading Standards are urging residents to remain vigilant of telephone scams after an elderly victim fell victim to an Amazon telephone scam. 

Suffolk Trading Standards has issued the following guidance -  

Beware of telephone calls being made by fraudsters pretending to be from Amazon.

We’ve had reports of calls being made from individuals claiming your Amazon Prime subscription is due to expire, and will be automatically taken from your account. The recorded message asks you to press 1 to cancel or to speak to customer services. The call then goes through to an individual who “requires” your personal details.

Another scam call claims that your Amazon Prime account is being cancelled and that bank details are required to refund this.

If you receive a call, claiming to be from Amazon, HANG UP!

Do not provide any personal information, your Amazon log in details, banking details or credit/debit card information.

Report any scam calls to Suffolk Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Other methods of contacting Suffolk Police are as follows –

Website – www.suffolk.police.uk or http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something  

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – Call 101

Action Fraud website - www.actionfraud.police.uk or telephone 0300 123 2040.

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

Fraud prevention information can be found via this link - http://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/fraudprevention1.pdf

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
19 Jun 20

Shed/container burglary - Bedfield

posted 8 Jun 2020, 08:02 by Chris Hoare


Police are appealing for information after a container and shed on Earl Soham Road were broken into.

Entry to the container used for storage was gained by cutting the padlocks.  Items were moved around inside.  A shed at the location was entered and a BBQ, a gas bottle and a fertiliser spreader were stolen.  The crime occurred sometime between 5pm Friday 5th June and 9am Saturday 6th June.

Can you help?

If you have any information about this burglary please contact Suffolk police, quoting crime reference 37/31178/20 via

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – Call 101

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.


Police Connect Team
8 Jun 20

Stop Loan Sharks

posted 3 Jun 2020, 05:10 by Earl Soham Web Admin


The England Illegal Money Lending Team are concerned that loan sharks may be preying on people with increasing pressure during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team is a government funded enforcement team set up to identify, investigate and prosecute loan sharks. They also support people who have been the victim of a loan shark and work to prevent people using loan sharks in the first place.

The offence of illegal money lending carries a maximum 2 year sentence but is often linked to other criminality – such as money laundering, organised crime and blackmail. The team prosecute for every offence that they find and have a 100% success rate over the last 15 years.

 

The following links offer advice and support regarding this crime – www.stoploansharks.co.uk 24/7 helpline 0300 555 2222 and www.loansmart.org.uk

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

3 June 20



Outbuilding security

posted 1 Jun 2020, 05:28 by Earl Soham Web Admin



Police are reminding residents to review the security of their sheds, garages & outbuildings following a number of burglaries in the county over recent weeks, that have included within and around the Woodbridge area.

To reduce the risk of shed/garage/outbuilding crime the following steps are advised: 

  • Consider reinforcing the inside walling of outbuildings with secure metal sheeting and fit good quality central mortise locks to BS 3261 standard, or closed shackle Sold Secure police approved padlocks and hasps.
  • Reinforce hasps from the inside by placing a small piece of metal on the inside, where holes are drilled to match the outside hasp and then put a good bolt, or non-tamper screw through to the other side, so If someone comes along to try to jemmy, or force off the hasp it should remain intact. 
  • Secure valuables such as cycle/lawnmowers and other large valuable items with D-locks and good quality chain locks around ground anchor posts, or if you can’t fit an anchor post use a side fitting shed shackle. 
  • Protect your outbuilding with a ‘Birmingham shed bar’ across the door to prevent access. This and other approved security products will improve the security of your shed or outbuilding and can be found at www.soldsecure.com or www.securedbydesign.com
  • Make sure you lock windows and either paint over or cover the glass with anti-shatter film to avoid people looking in to see what you have to steal and to keep the glass intact. Wire mesh can also be used on the inside to improve overall security. 
  • If shed alarms are in use, do not use audible only, instead use text alarms that can send a message immediately to the owner when movement is immediately detected inside, or if it is possible to do so link outbuildings to your house alarm.
  • Look at the perimeter of your property and look at ways of preventing access, such as secure side gates and incorporate anti-climb features. 
  • Consider defensive planting around the perimeter to deter entry, i.e. hawthorn berberis or holly.

·        Register make, model and serial numbers of tools, cycles and valuable equipment via Immobilise https://www.immobilise.com/ Make a personal record and photograph valuable items.  

  • Overtly mark your property with your house number and postcode so that marking is permanent and property is less attractive for a thief to sell.
  • The police prefer security to be layered with a number of security options instead of relying on just one main security measure.
  • Suffolk Police advice on a variety of subjects that can be accessed through our ‘First Principle’ A-Z of Crime  Prevention at https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
  • The First Principle A-Z also includes a shed and garage security advice sheet at:  http://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/shedandgaragesecurity1.pdf
  • 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.
  • For further in-depth crime reduction advice you can contact your local Design Out Crime Officer through the non-emergency 101 telephone number.

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
1 June 2020

Suffolk Specials contribute 7000 hours over seven weeks

posted 19 May 2020, 06:13 by Chris Hoare



Suffolk’s Special Constabulary has contributed a total of over 7000 hours to support frontline policing since 23 March as part of the force’s on-going effort to manage the demands of Covid-19.

During the past few weeks, the force’s specials have been working with regular colleagues responding to ongoing incidents, as well as engaging, explaining, encouraging and enforcing the government’s social distancing measures.

Since 23 March to 12 May, 75 specials have performed 951 duties, totalling 7,004 hours, averaging at 93 hours per officer.

Special Chief Officer Dean Knight said: "These figures are phenomenal and demonstrates the commitment and passion of these individuals in aiding to help keep Suffolk safe during a difficult period.   They undoubtedly show that the Special Constabulary officers are an integral part of the Suffolk police family.”

Karen Harris, Specials Volunteers and Cadets Manager said: "We also owe a huge debt of thanks to the employers who have released their staff who are Specials to help the community and the NHS to help save lives. Their accommodating, flexible and supportive approach has been a huge help to the community overall and we are extremely grateful.”  

County Policing Commander for Suffolk Chief Superintendent Marina Ericson said: "The dedication and passion that the Specials constantly show is truly humbling. These highly committed individuals give freely of their time all year round and the role they play in bringing the police and public closer together is a vital one. Our special constables continue to be a vital asset as we continue to rise to the challenges Covid-19 poses.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "We are very fortunate to have such an excellent Special Constabulary. These volunteers make an enormous contribution to keeping Suffolk safe, particularly during these difficult times. The number of hours worked demonstrates their unstinting commitment to help others and as Police and Crime Commissioner and on behalf of the public, I have nothing but praise and admiration for all they do.

"Many are supported wholeheartedly by their employers and for that everyone in Suffolk is very thankful.”

Suffolk has a team of 120 special constables working various shift patterns in order to support the force. They provide a range of skills, including supporting vulnerable people, logistics and planning, as well as working as operational officers deployed around the county. Special constables have the same powers as regular police officers but serve as volunteers.

They perform a variety of police duties, including providing foot and vehicle patrols, being part of an immediate response team and helping at major incidents, operations and events. They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.

For more information on the role of special constable, visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/join-us/volunteers/special-constabulary

Recruitment for Specials continues during this time and we are actively seeking applications from all members of our Community, please look at our ‘join-us’ page for further information or contact me at specialsandvolunteers@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

You can also follow them on Twitter @SuffolkSpecials and @SPVolunteers

Some case studies:

A/S/Sgt Shaun Wade joined Suffolk Special Constabulary in June 2018 and works for ASAP Supplies Ltd. He has been furloughed since 31 March allowing him to follow a regular shift pattern with his police officer colleagues in Lowestoft. Shaun completed 128 hours in April dealing with a variety of duties including arrests, foot patrols statements and vehicle checks.

SC Bradley Congalton joined Suffolk Special Constabulary in April 2019 and has a day job working within the NHS. His employer has allowed him to assist Suffolk Specials by releasing him two days out of his working week and has been able to commit to more duties than normal, helping to protect us and keep our communities safe.

SC Hazel Wenden, based at Halesworth, is a full-time mother of two children and has recently been able to commit to a regular shift pattern with the support of her husband. In one shift she completed 14 hours when dealing with a domestic GBH incident. SC Wenden has proven herself to be a fully competent officer and been granted independent status complete in just five months.

S/Insp Haydn Stephens is a traffic control manager at BIFFA and has been a Special for 11 years based at Mildenhall in west Suffolk. He has been furloughed from work and is subsequently working a full set of shifts alongside one team.

Mark Suthern, a managing director within financial services, released Special Constable Simon Ward for a 4-week period in order for him to assist in the west Suffolk area. Mark said: "Simon has only been a Special Constable for a relatively short period of time, however I was more than happy to grant leave to him in order to support policing in Suffolk. I think it is fantastic that he is willing to volunteer in this capacity and for us to support him in this endeavour establishes a great link to us, Suffolk Police and the community of Suffolk”.   

Simon has received many positive comments from his regular colleagues since he finished his student training and moved onto his posting in mid-Suffolk.  Officers are impressed with Simon's commitment, exceptional professionalism, maturity, dedication and supreme competency comes across when he deals with any situation.

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
19 May 20

Stick With It Suffolk – continue slowing the spread of coronavirus

posted 18 May 2020, 07:04 by Chris Hoare


Suffolk people are being asked to continue their great efforts, which are successfully reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Stick With It Suffolk is a campaign launching on Monday 18 May 2020, highlighting what we must all continue doing, to keep each other safe and to defeat the virus.

Recent data* shows that around 1 in 600 people in Suffolk have tested positive for COVID-19, which compares favourably to Norfolk, Essex and the national average.

However, we are not out of the woods yet. The number is continuing to rise, although more slowly, which is why it is crucial that people keep following the instructions. These are:

·        Keep staying at home 

·        Keep working from home where you can

·        Keep 2 metres apart if you go out

·        Keep exercising safely

·        Keep washing your hands with soap and water

·        Keep self-isolating if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

·        Keep travelling by car, bike or walking

·        Keep staying safe at work

·        Keep shielding yourself if you’re vulnerable

·        Keep supporting local businesses

·        Keep looking out for each other

Stick With It Suffolk is being rolled out across the county by the Suffolk Resilience Forum, which include Suffolk’s NHS, Emergency and Public Services. These local authorities and organisations are working together around the clock to keep Suffolk as safe as possible.

This is how Suffolk will successfully respond to the government’s Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives message.

People are asked to share their stories and how they are managing to stick with it, using the hashtag #StickWithItSuffolk on social media.

Stuart Keeble, Suffolk Director of Public Health, said:

“On behalf of all the members of the Suffolk Resilience Forum, I’d like to say thank you to the people of Suffolk for the sacrifices they are making by following these instructions.

“But now, more than ever, it is important that we stick with it - the number of cases can very easily increase if we take our eye off the ball. This would be a backward step, with strict lockdown measures coming back into force.

“With young children of my own, I understand how difficult it is when they can’t see their family and friends, they would love to see their grandparents but I know this increases the risk to my family and Suffolk residents. We are making progress, and we will continue to do so if we Stick With It Suffolk.”

Dr Mark Shenton, Chair of the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our communities for their continued support in helping our health and care system to manage this public health emergency.

“These are unprecedented times and the measures we have all taken so far are really making a difference. This is why it is so important to continue following government guidelines and keeping the two metre distance from each other.

“I am so proud of how our services are responding to this crisis and extremely heartened by the continued support that so many people are giving us by following these rules.

“Please continue to stay alert, continue to help control this virus and help us all save lives.”


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
18 May 20




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