December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Nine people have been arrested in a day of police raids across the county as part of an ongoing operation to combat burglary.
Today’s raids were part of Operation Drawbridge - Suffolk Constabulary’s campaign to decrease the number of burglaries, as well as solving and detecting them.
Teams of officers were briefed just before 8am this morning in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft, before being deployed to carry out searches at addresses and make disruption visits to second-hand dealers.
Detective Chief Inspector Bernie Morgan, who oversees operations for the County Policing Command, said: “To have your home entered by strangers and have personal possessions, which often have sentimental value stolen, is a huge invasion of privacy and can be very distressing.
“This has been another successful day of action which has caused disruption to individuals across many parts of the county. With extra officers on duty we were also able to target offenders known to us for other associated crimes.
“We hope this sends out a strong message to individuals that we will not hold back when it comes to these types of crimes and will continue to target those responsible.”
Operation Drawbridge, which was launched in October last year, saw officers and their dogs from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Dog Unit assist with searches.
Police also carried out house-to-house visits near to where the warrants were carried out to provide reassurance to local people and to gain further community intelligence.
Warrants were executed at 13 addresses and business premises in Ipswich, Lowestoft, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds, Kennett, Hadleigh and Sudbury, with a total of nine arrests being made.
A 24-year-old Ipswich man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and assault.
A 38 year-old-man from Trimley St Mary was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
A 26-year-old Ipswich man was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
A 45-year-old man from Kennett was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and amphetamine.
A 25-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
A 39-year-old man from Mildenhall was arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicle.
A 27-year-old man from Hadleigh was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
A 48-year-old woman from Haverhill was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
A 23-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.
All nine are currently being held in Police Investigation Centres in Suffolk.
In addition, a 20-year-old Lowestoft man and a 27-year-old man from Ipswich were warned in connection with possession of cannabis.
DCI Morgan added: “Whilst the number of recorded house burglaries in Suffolk has decreased and the solved rate of detecting offences has risen so far this year compared to last year, this is not the time to become complacent and I would encourage the public to help themselves as well as others.