Police connect with community

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THOUSANDS of residents in Mid Suffolk engaged with police and the council last weekend to help make the district a safer place to live.

The Mid Suffolk Connect initiative bought together a number of agencies and groups to gain a better understanding of local communities and the issues that are important to them.

Police officers visited homes, shops, schools and community centres in every parish in the district to speak to residents about local issues.

Officers from the safer neighbourhood team carried out a truancy sweep in Stowmarket on Friday, picking up eight children who were found out of school.

Representatives from parish councils, Farmwatch and Neighbourhood Watch attended an oil theft prevention seminar in Wattisfield, also on Friday.

Speed enforcement was carried out across the district, including a high-profile check in Coddenham. In Stowmarket, seven fixed penalty notices were issued for speeding, and officers joined SpeedWatch volunteers in both Hessett and Wetherden.

The West Suffolk SOS Bus and the Stowmarket town pastors were in the town on Friday night, as police officers inspected three licensed premises. The Security Industry Authority carried out checks on nine door staff and issued four warnings for failing to keep personal details up to date.

Activities were also set up for young people, including a mobile skate park at Stowupland High School and the Soccer Star Challenge at Stowmarket Town Football Club.

Tristan Pepper, Mid Suffolk Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector, said: “I am delighted that we managed to speak to so many people across the district. We will now be looking at the feedback we received to see if any new concerns or issues were highlighted over the weekend, so we can work on these with partners.”