Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

West Suffolk: New man in charge of policing in area

16:52 20 June 2014

Andrew Mason, new Policing Commander for West Suffolk.

Andrew Mason, new Policing Commander for West Suffolk.

Contributed

The new Policing Commander for West Suffolk has said he will ensure there is “a highly-visible police presence in our communities”.

Superintendent Andrew Mason will be responsible for policing the Forest Heath, St Edmundsbury, Mid Suffolk and Babergh districts in his new role as Policing Commander for West Suffolk.

He takes over from Superintendent Terry Byford who has moved to the position of Superintendent Operations.

Supt Mason, who is based in Bury St Edmunds, was formerly Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Inspector.

He said: “This is a massive new challenge for me. The west of the county is a large geographical area with diverse policing needs from vibrant town centres to far reaching rural communities.

“Suffolk is a really safe place to be but I also know people need to feel safe so I will ensure we have a highly visible police presence in our communities and that the service we deliver is of the highest quality.

“I really want the public to have confidence in Suffolk Constabulary to keep them safe and that if they do have an interaction with us in any way they are left feeling really satisfied that we have done a good job.

“As I live and work in west Suffolk I know what a fantastic place it is and I am determined my team will contribute fully to keeping that way.”

Supt Mason started his policing career when he joined Essex Police as a police constable in 1995 and then transferred to Suffolk police in 2004 as a sergeant.

He has worked in Ipswich as a sergeant during Operation Sumac (the murder of five young women in Ipswich), Sudbury where he was a response sergeant and then within the Sudbury and Great Cornard SNT, and in Haverhill as inspector.

In 2011 he moved to Ipswich as the Ipswich Central SNT inspector. As part of this role he implemented the Reducing the Strength Campaign, which involves retailers voluntarily agreeing to remove super strength alcohol from their stores. The campaign has been rolled out elsewhere in the county and adopted in other areas of the country.

1 comment

  • West where? Headline needs a second look.

    Report this comment

    Jason Ford

    Friday, June 20, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Police at the scene of the stabbing close to Wherstead Road in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Three men remain are in police custody after a man was stabbed in Ipswich last night.

Marks & Spencer Martlesham refurbished opening. Picture: GREGG BROWN

One of Britain’s best-known high street names has taken a huge step towards attracting out-of-town shoppers with the opening of major extension to its Martlesham food store.

Lola, a pet cat from Ipswich who has had her ears cut off. Picture: RSPCA

Police and the RSPCA are urging residents to come forward after a cat was found near her home with both ears cut.

Storm clouds are gathering over Suffolk as Storm Doris approaches, with an amber weather warning issued for Thursday, February 23. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

The Orwell Bridge is likely to be shut tomorrow as winds of up to 70mph batter parts of Suffolk and north Essex.

The sessions will be held at Suffolk Babies' centre in Kesgrave, pictured at its launch last year. Picture Sarah Lucy Brown

Today we are asking new parents to share their experiences of breastfeeding - was there too much pressure from healthcare professionals, did you get enough support and what factors played a part in the decision you made?

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich

A petrol station worker is to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after he admitted scolding a female colleague by throwing boiling tea over her after a discussion about his personal hygiene.

The Major atop the toilets at Majors Corner in Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Suffolk has hundreds of works of public art in its towns and villages – some loved, some loathed; some ignored and some celebrated.

The Vulgar Veg competition winner 2016, grown by Mrs D Brand

Have you grown an curvy carrot, a really odd onion or a potato that looks like Wayne Rooney?

Then you could win a prize in the latest Naughty Vegetable Competition, organised by Ipswich-based Van Meuwen seeds.

Dean Stansby with son Jack. Picture: Brendan Taylor at Taylor Made Portraits

The heartbroken family of a father-of-five who was killed near Ipswich railway station have paid tribute to him.

The drone used in Ipswich

Anglian Water has enlisted drone technology for its large sewers in Ipswich to monitor the conditions of its sewerage network.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24