Lack of beat bobbies causing concern
VILLAGERS in parts of Suffolk have voiced their concern at the lack of beat bobbies patrolling rural areas.They claimed some community police officers were forced to cover more than a dozen villages each, leaving villagers' homes more exposed to criminals.
VILLAGERS in parts of Suffolk have voiced their concern at the lack of beat bobbies patrolling rural areas.
They claimed some community police officers were forced to cover more than a dozen villages each, leaving villagers' homes more exposed to criminals.
In February 2001, members of Suffolk Police Authority voted unanimously in favour of a rise in the annual council tax bill to finance the extra police officers requested by former Suffolk Chief Constable Paul Scott-Lee.
The rise meant an extra 100 beat bobbies could be put on Suffolk's streets over a three-year period.
Lyn Gurling, chairman of Lavenham Parish Council, said: "We paid extra council tax last year so we had more police officers and they are supposed to be in the pipeline, but I think they have been distributed in the towns.
"We do not have enough police presence in the village during the daytime. Our rural community police officer has got 13 villages to look after."
- 1 Apology for Ipswich pub landlords after 'insensitive LGBT+ comments'
- 2 ‘I thought I was going to die’ - Woman feels let down after spiking
- 3 'My life is hard enough' - Suffolk disabled dad struggles to repair home
- 4 Gucci items hidden in Asda stores across the country
- 5 More than 200 homes in Ipswich without electricity after power cut
- 6 'A lovely green space' - race against time to buy mini-Ipswich woodland
- 7 Further case of Omicron Covid variant detected in East Anglia
- 8 Man acted as lookout while accomplice robbed Ipswich store
- 9 Weather warning issued as Suffolk could see snow fall tomorrow
- 10 Ipswich Witches announce two more signings for their 2022 team
Acting Inspector Geoff Nunn said the long-term aim for Lavenham was to have two community police officers covering the village.
He added the village's present bobby was supported by response officers who attended incidents in the village when needed.
County councillor Jeremy Pembroke decided to take the issue of beat bobbies to Deputy Chief Constable Gillian Parker after hearing concerns by villagers in Boxford.
Inspector Lincoln Pratt, whose Hadleigh sector includes Boxford, said there had been a slight gap between the village's former beat bobby leaving and a new officer starting.
But he pointed out the community beat bobby attended parish councils meetings at least once a month and provided a written report.