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Police chief hands out crime awards

PUBLISHED: 21:36 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

CHASING burglars, handing in hundreds of pounds of cash, catching car thieves and snaring arsonists.

These were just some of the public spirited acts that a group of people have been recognised for at an annual awards ceremony in Ipswich.

CHASING burglars, handing in hundreds of pounds of cash, catching car thieves and snaring arsonists.

These were just some of the public spirited acts that a group of people have been recognised for at an annual awards ceremony in Ipswich.

In all 11 people were given special certificates at the Town Hall when the Ipswich Crime Reduction Panel held its yearly awards night.

Making the presentations to the recipients, who not only came from the town but from Wacton, near Diss; Felixstowe; and Monks Eleigh, near Hadleigh; was Colin Langham-Fitt, Suffolk's assistant chief constable.

He praised the efforts of the unsung heroes and heroines who have over the past year helped with the fight against crime in Suffolk and help make it one of the safest places in the country.

He said that although they did not wear uniforms they had made significant contributions towards the reduction of crime in the county.

"I can only praise the efforts you have made in helping to catch some of these law breakers," he said.

Some of the citations read out at the awards by the panel's vice chairman Russell Cook included a string of brave deeds and eagle-eyed awareness.

It included some people chasing after burglars after they had been seen breaking into homes in Ipswich.

Then there was a man who saw a raid on a shop in the town centre. He memorised the getaway car's number plate and wrote it down on a muddy patch so he could pass it on to police. The gang were eventually traced and arrested.

A taxi driver who contacted police after he realised he was carrying a fare who was on the run and in possession of cannabis.

There was also another who witnessed vehicles being damaged and broken into along Bramford Road. He called police which resulted in two arrests and property recovered.

And another who found a shopping bag behind a building in Old Foundry Road. He never gave a thought to pocketing the hoard of cash in the bag but handed it over to police who returned the money to the owner.

Meanwhile, one man was given an award after he came to the aid of a victim who was attacked in the town centre. He stayed with the injured person until police arrived and the attacker was later identified and arrested.

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