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Police to celebrate Suffolk Day with rare public invitation to constabulary museum

PUBLISHED: 14:51 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:51 20 June 2018

The force is looking forward to celebrating Suffolk Day with the general public Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

The force is looking forward to celebrating Suffolk Day with the general public Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE


Suffolk Constabulary will be opening its doors in celebration of our county's big day.

From 5pm until 8pm, visitors will be invited to explore the police museum which contains a number of artefacts shining a light on the force’s history.

Among the items on display, there will be ceremonial swords, uniforms, as well as cutlasses, lamps and rattles.

Dedicated volunteers and police staff will also be on hand to discuss the Operation Sumac exhibit. It depicts the incidents in 2006 when Steve Wright murdered five women in Ipswich.

Eric Hopes, museum volunteer and curator, said: “The museum contains items from when the first police forces were first formed in the mid-19th century up to the present day. It’s amazing how things have changed, all the way from wooden whistles to the body-cams that are used today.”

Assistant chief constable, Rachel Kearton, added: “The constabulary is delighted to support this tremendous day and is looking forward to welcoming members of the public to the museum’s open evening as part of the countywide celebrations.”

Suffolk police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore, was very enthusiastic about the event.

He said: “Suffolk Day is a super opportunity to celebrate all that is good about our wonderful county – and there is so much for all of us to be proud of.

“The Suffolk Constabulary museum is well worth a visit and has an excellent collection of policing memorabilia stretching over many years.

“It’s also an important part of our shared heritage and I’d like to thank all the volunteers who manage and maintain this collection for their hard work and dedication.”

The event is free to attend.

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