It was confirmed this week that since 2019 the Government have recruited 20,000 extra police officers which was a key pledge. There have been 201 in Suffolk specifically.
This is welcomed. However, we need to see the benefits of this through a significant increase in police presence across the Town.
This week we saw another example of how much valued Town centre businesses are persistently the victim of crime. Essential Vintage closed their doors temporarily due to having over £600 of items thieved over the past few months.
The footage of many of these acts is there and clear. I’m pleased that the Policing Minister agrees with me that it’s incumbent on Suffolk Police to take such criminal acts incredibly seriously. To investigate thoroughly. Then of course the criminal justice system needs to punish accordingly.
This thieving is debilitating for many Town centre businesses and the Town centre more generally. Great seriousness needs to be attached to robustly confronting it. There can be no excuses and no sensitivities should get in the way of justice being delivered.