Police plea for public participation

POLICE plans to make Suffolk the safest county in the country are being taken to the streets.Forums to discussing policing for both the east and west of Ipswich are being held this month.

POLICE plans to make Suffolk the safest county in the country are being taken to the streets.

Forums to discussing policing for both the east and west of Ipswich are being held this month.

And Chief Inspector Chris Mayhew and police authority member Harold Manger are urging people to help policing.

The forums give people of the town the chance to raise issues and concerns they have about crime in their area.

Talks will be on the Ipswich Town Centre Unit, the work of police campaings Nightsafe Ipswich and Vice and how problems are being tackled.

There will be a talk on the introduction of 15 new police community support officers who will provide extra police in and around the town.

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Chf Insp Mayhew said: "The purpose of the policing forums is to allow the police authority and Ipswich Police to work with local people to address existing problems within the community.

"And for the police to demonstrate the action that is being taken in relation to the current and future policing issues."

Sector Inspectors Andy Solomon, Tim Powell and Darrin Tomkins will give an overview of performance in east and west Ipswich and work to target crime in the area.

It includes work being carried out to combat anti-social behaviour and areas that affect the day to day lives of residents.

Mr Mayhew added: "We welcome anyone to come along. The forums give a great opportunity for people to have their say.

"Question and answer sessions will give people chance to discuss issues that concern them most: issues that affect them in their community."

Both forums start at 7.30 pm. The east Ipswich forum will be held at Holywells High School, Linberg Road on Wednesday October 8.

The west Ipswich forum will be held at the Whitehouse Community Centre, Limerick Close, on Wednesday October 29.

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