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Anti-social behaviour offences cut by half by new police squad

PUBLISHED: 10:05 03 November 2015

Officers in patrol in Ipswich town centre

Officers in patrol in Ipswich town centre

A team that works to keep Ipswich town centre safe has seen reports of anti-social behaviour cut by more than half since its launch.

Ipswich Town Safe is a dedicated team of police officers working alongside agencies such as Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council, the Chapman Centre-IHAG (Ipswich

Housing Action Group), Turning Point and retail premises in the town centre.

In 2012, 550 incidents of antisocial behaviour were recorded in the town centre, which had fallen to 220 by the

end of 2014.

The team as a whole has made more than 1,500 arrests since its launch in November 2011 and 150 alcohol seizures from members of public drinking on the streets during daytime hours since July 2015.

Ipswich Central local policing commander Neil McKay said: “The results are extremely positive and the team is taking pride in achieving such good results.”

Pc Phil Brown has been with the team since April 2013 and has made 320 arrests, 258 of which have led to a charge. He is retiring after 30 years of service in Suffolk Constabulary.

Sophie Alexander, operations manager of Ipswich Central, said Mr Brown’s experience has been “invalu-able” for the team.

She added: “He will be missed by all those who have worked with him and we wish him the best of luck with the path he now takes.”

The manager of the Chapman Centre-IHAG Sue Raychaudri said Mr Brown had attended the centre offering his support, assistance and reassurance on numerous occasions, and knew the service users very well.

She said Mr Brown was “extremely well liked” for his dedication and enthusiasm and for his ability to “calm things down”.

“We wish him well for the future and he will be greatly missed,” she added.

“Phil has attended the centre offer-ing his support, assistance and reas-surance on numerous occasions, and

knows our service users very well.

“Without the support from officers like Phil, we are not able to provide an effective service delivery, as a charity to our homeless and margin-alised service users.”

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