Police review underway in Pinewood after concerns raised about levels of crime

There have been concerns about the volume of crime in the Pinewood area

There have been concerns about the volume of crime in the Pinewood area - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Pinewood Parish Council will meet with Suffolk’s crime chiefs next month after concerns were raised over policing in the area.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary Gareth Wilson and South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge will attend the parish’s meeting on November 9.

Councillors wrote a letter to Mr Passmore in August stating that they were not happy with the amount of crime that was happening in Pinewood each month and the apparent reduction in the number of patrolling police officers.

At the council’s monthly meeting on Monday, parish clerk Sandra Peartree read out a report from the Babergh East Safer Neighbourhood Team, which stated that 15 offences ranging from theft, assault and harassment were committed in Pinewood in September, and a further 25 took place in August.

Chairman of the parish council, Robert Manning, said: “We keep getting told that it’s all cyber crime happening now which needs to be dealt with from computers but we know and all of the people in this room know it’s happening on the street.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary previously said a review of local policing was underway and reducing vehicle crime had been made a priority for the Babergh East Safer Neighbourhood Team following a rise in thefts from vehicles.

She added: “Where possible, we want our officers to be out in local communities and have to ensure that we are prioritising their work and making the best use of their time.”