Babergh East, Police and Parish Forum
Meeting Minutes: 29th September 2021, Pinewood Community Hall
Trott Ward addressed the meeting outlining that the format was for all Parishes and parishioners to attend the forum, this was our chance to bring forward any issues in your local areas, which can then be brought and discussed with the Local SNT team, and taken forward for action.
A question being asked, who can attend, parish councillors, parish clerks, anyone who the parish council wish to send on their behalf, and parishioners, yes the doors are open to all, make use of your quarterly meeting with your local police force, in fact, nearly every meeting someone brings forward information or has their chance to talk to the police, one to one.
Trott Ward, (Brantham) Chairman Adrian Rust (Pinewood) Secretary
Dave Busby, (Copdock and Washbrook) Bill Davies, Stratford St Mary
Inspector Kirsty Graefe Sgt Louisa Masterson Pc Mike Small
Robin Coates, Wherstead Parish Council
Matters arising from Minutes,
Trott asked everyone what they preferred a Zoom meeting ot actual meeting.
The general sense of opinion was that people would prefer an actual meeting rather than a zoom meeting. For a zoom meeting we would have to pay a subscription for and we are not funded.
The Police do not use zoom meetings as its not a secure medium for them to use.
Therefore, the meetings will continue to be actual meetings Trott welcomed Inspector Kirsty Graefe to the meetings
Inspector Kirsty Graefe
It has been a very tough 18 months for all and the Police had not only to deal with Covid but also police all the issues surrounding it.
However, it has meant that a back log of cases has been brought up to date in this time and they now are working on current cases only, although its still a heavy workload
For July the 101 number received 31000 calls, the 999 number 10000 calls Of these 16 were fire arms calls, 1100 domestic violence, 600 mental health
Hadleigh in July had 111 jobs to investigate
Ipswich West 360 jobs, 280 of which needed investigations
The Hadleigh SNT also carry out supporting roles with other agencies and social care issues
Superintendent Jane Topping from the Met Police has Joined Suffolk and Jane sets the monthly priorities for Ipswich.
1, Social Exploration of Children
2, Drugs East Ipswich
3, Drugs County Lines
4, Night time social
1, Burglary/theft from rural buildings, outbuildings, barns due to darker evenings
2, Vehicle Anti Social Behaviour, issuing of section 59 notices and designing out the use of car parks by boy racers
3, Operation Velocity, county lines drug dealing, runners coming into Ipswich to supply others
4, Youth anti social behaviour, generally in open spaces, public areas, making the police a visible force
Current Ipswich Priorities
1, Weapons, Whitton and Whitehouse
2, Drugs, County Lines and the use of addresses of vulnerable people to distribute drugs
3, Anti Social behaviour Chantry
4, Drugs, Alderman Park
5, Street Prostitution
PC Mike Small, Community Engagement Officer
Mike explained his job attending many community events, liaison and attending with local schools, also dealing with social media pages, Facebook, Twitter Etc, working with partner agencies and current crime trends.
Mike also helps with Speed watch schemes, speeding, Barham and Sproughton, Neighbour hood watch schemes. Village speeding and anti social behaviour.
Mike also encouraged everyone to use the online reporting tool as this can be used to report anything under different headings and the more people report helps the police to set priorities.
Sometime people assume that the police know about an incident, but unfortunately if no one reports it, they are not aware, so please report it via 101 or the reporting tools online.
Recently attended some anti social behaviour at the leisure centre in Hadleigh who had not reported any problems, but there were clearly problems which had not been reported, so please report it.
Mike also covers bullying in schools and online and online safety and county lines.
The police also have crime prevention officers and they can also design schemes to deter crime
Still lots of security scams and also key-less car entry issues
Mike also reports on the Mark Murphy radio show, Crime beat, informing people about the issues of e-scooters etc
So please report it, as if not the police will not know about it.
Trott Ward Opened the meeting for discussion
Andrea Mendel, Tattingstone Parish Council, facebook/twitter, not a fan of social media and a lot of elderly people do not use of have access to such media, can we have the report it links, see last page
People can sign up for police connect service for updates,
Mike Watling, Copdock and Washbrook, Having lots of issues with the boy racers and people congregation at the barrier on the old London Road, people urinating and throwing rubbish, plus they also have some rough sleepers, perhaps this will worsen with the building of the new Mac Donald's at Tesco's
Police will Look into the issues at the barrier, they are aware of some issues, MacDonald's is to be built where the Boy racers congregate and MacDonalds have a report anti social behaviour policy a s they do not want these issues at their premises.
There seems to be some app that these people have where they report where police cars are so the boy racers are constantly on the move to avid the police
George Dix, Pinewood, what is being done about the ongoing boy racers in Pinewood as they still race through the streets.
The police have instigated a 15 minute pulse policing to keep them from stopping in the area, section 59 tickets have been issued where if they are caught again the vehicle can be seized, the car park at Tescos needs to be designed out to stop them from being there, speed humps would help as the boy racers lower their cars and they hate speed humps thus deterring them from visiting.
On the 5th July people were seen smoking drugs, but nothing seems to have been done, 26th September it was reported again, nothing happening?
Police attendance is on priorities, PC hall has attended, perhaps the bench could be moved to discourage such behaviour but also we do have a vehicle registration now so this can be tracked
Speeding Pinewood, we had a serious overnight crash recently in Belmont Road, would like use of the ANPR cameras once approved to help stop the speeding issues.
These can be sighted at any of the current Speed Indicator Device (SID) sites and give vehicle speed and vehicle registration so that Police can follow up the speeding issues of vehicles
A recent police check revealed 90100 vehicle movements in 7 days
Grove hill had 167256 vehicles in 7 days with a high value of these speeding
The camera team will roughly visit every 6 weeks to a site, Belmont Road has had 3 visists so far this year while the camera team catch up following covid
Gordon McLeod, Hadleigh Town Council
Morrisons had a liaison officer who would help with anti social behaviour We also have cars drive through, speed, loud exhausts
We have the SID in Hadleigh to remind people to slow down when coming into village
There is a camera being trialled in Chelsea which is an acoustic camera to record vehicles number plate and exhaust levels
John Hinton, East Bergholt
We to have anti social behaviour where someone has been shooting an air gun at windows in the village, we have also had graffiti added to one of the buildings at the playing field.
Also concerned about the new fast food restaurant at Wherestead to be built regarding anti social behaviour
due to its location where motorbikes had been sued at Bobbitts Lane the restaurant and industrial units were designed to minimise crime and anti social behaviour with security measures
Are new police officers coming through, yes new offices are being recruited and trained.
How many parishes do you cover, 41
Steven Wells, Claydon and Whitton
The bus lane at Claydon on the old Norwich Road has been left open and many people are using it to cut through with around 25 vehicles an hour going through. Building site has been spoken through and they have advised their people not to use it as a cut through, when is anything going to be done about it.
A recent drug car was caught using this route as a runner, highways are currently looking at the issue.
The police can enforce it and aslo write to any drivers using it with registrations and times etc
Beryl Calver, Pinewood
people using car park and driving over grass and across pavement to get out, warning letters can be sent out but contact IBC who's land it is for further assistance,
Mary Mclean, Shotley
Digital inclusive, there is a constant move to make everything available by the web but only 60 % of people have access in Babergh, not just older people but young people, some underprivileged people and people on low incomes cannot always have access to the web or digital access.
People may only have 101 as an access to the police.
Demand on the 101 number is incredible and is sometimes used by many for social care but thats not really our remit.
Andrea Mendel, Tattingstone Parish Council
How many police do Suffolk Police have? 1209 which excludes Specials Constables, the populations has increased but the number of police over the years has not.
Trott Ward Thanked Pinewood Community Hall for the use of the hall
Meeting Dates 2021-2022
1st December 2021 23rd March 2022 14th June 2022
1st December 2021
Venue TO BE CONFIRMED 7.30 pm Start, All Welcome,
Report something– 999 in an emergency, call 101 to speak to the contact centre (non-urgent matters) or report online at https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us
Police Connect https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/police-connect-sign Community Engagement Officer CEOipwesthadleigh@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
please can parishioners be reminded that crimes and intelligence should not be reported via email, they must be reported via one of the options listed above
https://www.facebook.com/HadleighPolice/ https://www.facebook.com/IpswichPoliceUK/ https://www.facebook.com/suffolkpolice/