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Our questions for the Home Office

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:26 03 March 2010

TODAY The Evening Star put ten questions to the Home Office about Steven Beech's "lodgings" at Ipswich police station.



1. Why has Steven Beech been allowed to come to Ipswich, still recovering from the trauma of the rape nightmare of Kevin Chambers?

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TODAY The Evening Star put ten questions to the Home Office about Steven Beech's "lodgings" at Ipswich police station.

1. Why has Steven Beech been allowed to come to Ipswich, still recovering from the trauma of the rape nightmare of Kevin Chambers?

2. Is he living at the police station at his own request?

3. What is the nature of his accommodation? Does he have his own cell key? Is he locked up at night? Does he get meals as others in custody do?

4. Who is paying for his accommodation at Ipswich police station?

5. What is the cost of having two police officers with him at all times?

6. Who is footing the bill for 24-hour surveillance?

7. How long is he allowed to stay at Ipswich police station? Can he live there indefinitely?

8. Are efforts being made to find him alternative accommodation?

9. Is this the first such case in the country of a sex offender being housed at a police station though not under arrest?

10. Did Beech, to your knowledge, have any contact with other sex offenders in Suffolk?

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