Agenda item

Policing Update


41.1.    The Chair introduced Sergeant Phil Barrett of the Ipswich East Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following update on policing priorities:

Gainsborough Library anti-social behaviour: there has been a serious level of anti-social behaviour towards staff and users of the library, including an arson attempt.  The Police have been working with the families of the children causing the problem and were putting banning orders in place.

Gladstone Road and Devonshire Road anti-social behaviour: This has been a priority since September and involved two families that had recently moved into this area.  7 calls had been made in relation to incidents, including damage to a parked car.  The Police have visited the families and issued a written warning in relation to the behaviour of their children; this was advisory, not a criminal process.  The families and their landlords were informed that if the anti-social behaviour continued, then consideration could be given to eviction.  Patrols have been increased in these two roads.  There had also been issues with the Mini Market on the corner and the Police undertook a licensing check of the premises, which failed on a couple of conditions; a notice was served and if the situation did not improve, the premises could be referred to the Licensing Authority.

Rough sleeping/begging on the Waterfront: A multi-agency response has been taken in conjunction with the Ipswich Central SNT and local businesses; people with chaotic lifestyles were being signposted to the relevant support agencies.

The SNT produce a monthly online newsletter that outlined the current demand of the SNT and what the SNT was focusing on.  Crime reduction measures were important this time of the year to help deter domestic burglary and theft from vehicles.

The Speed Indicator Device (SID) was currently awaiting repair, but would return to the area.

Contacting the Police: The Police have acknowledged that there were still issues with calling the 101 number, but the Chief Constable was committed to improving this mode of contact.  If people have issues getting through on 101 and it was a non-urgent matter, then information could be sent via the Suffolk Police website (, by email to the SNT ( or by contacting local ward Councillors; however, if it was an emergency, i.e. crime actually taking place, then people should call 999.   

41.2.    Local resident: Trading Standards visited the Mini Market as counterfeit cigarettes were being sold. The premises lost its licence, then changed management, re-applied for a licence and was issued with a licence again.
This information was held on record; the Police carried out a licensing check of the premises as a result of the complaints received.

41.3.    Councillor Harsant: A request had been made for alley gates on Devonshire Road.  There was a house on Back Hamlet that was being used as a drugs house again.  The Council’s Cleansing Team had been asked to tidy up the area outside the shops on Gladstone Road/Devonshire Road.

41.4.    Councillor Cook:  There has been a lot of Police activity, however in the crime figures published on 19 October, crime was up 13% nationally and the increase was 23% across Suffolk, with Ipswich being second worse to Leeds on a comparative basis.  What is being done to address this trend?  Burglary has risen 70% in Ipswich. The quarterly crime statistics should be downloaded and included on the agenda.
The national crime recording standard has changed and everything was now being recorded, both crime and non-crime.  The burglary figures now included a number of different classifications so that, for example, burglary from sheds was included as part of the house burglary figures.

41.5.    Councillor Barber:  The Police should be congratulated for all the hard work they do to keep people safe.