Asked the Policing Minister today to back Suffolk Constabulary with more resources and make sure those who carry knives fear the consequences of their actions.
This was important to raise in the House today after a 13-year-old boy was threatened with a knife on Colchester Road yesterday and a 15-year-old was tragically shot in Kesgrave this morning on his way to school.
Some of the 54 extra police officers for Suffolk are already on our streets and this is an important step to prevent crimes like this and bring those responsible to justice. But we can’t stop there. The national police funding formula as it stands systematically disadvantages Suffolk and is in need of root and branch reform to reflect the serious types of crime Ipswich faces.
I’ll be pushing for this again over the coming weeks. This mustn’t be an issue repeatedly kicked into the long grass.