Search

County lines and violence among priorities for west Suffolk safety scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:22 24 September 2018

Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Chiefs behind a community safety scheme in west Suffolk have reaffirmed the need to focus on county lines, hate crimes and violence.

The Western Suffolk Community Safety Partnership (WSCSP) features councils, police, fire services, health organisations and other public groups coming together to outline a plan to work together and tackle serious concerns.

For 2018/19, the priorities were confirmed as tackling county lines – drug supply activity run from places such as London – reducing violence against women and men (VAWG), curbing hate crimes and protecting those at risk of radicalisation or extremism.

At Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s joint scrutiny committee, the need to focus on those crimes was reaffirmed.

Alastair McCraw, chairman of the joint overview and scrutiny committee, said: “Crime and the threat of crime affects every community and the work of the WSCSP is essential in confronting key issues in the region. It is important that we continue to work together for the good of the whole community.

“The report highlighted some significant information and gave us a better understanding of concerns, such as the county lines operation, the work of VAWG and pressures that our partners face in tackling safety, crime and protection issues.

“There was some eye-opening material with worrying problems, statistics and potential threats, but the committee was able to take great reassurance from the positive work that is being undertaken and the evidence we saw of the real outcomes this work is producing.”

Mr McCraw added that it was important people reported concerns in their community.

Action plans are being established on each of the priorities, although bosses stressed it was not about duplicating areas where individual agencies were already doing work, but instead having an overall plan for the area.

Robert Everitt, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s portfolio holder for families and communities said: “West Suffolk remains a low crime area compared to the rest of the UK and while, like any place, has some problems, it is a very safe and attractive area to live.

“A partnership strategy is in place and local partners including youth offending service, police, and West Suffolk councils are working to refine it to reflect the nature of the issues in this area. This is an issue we will collectively continue to work on with our communities.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Stowmarket Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Stowmarket Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Stowmarket Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

Once the mist and fog clears this morning, it is set to be a dry and bright day in Suffolk and north Essex with plenty of sunshine expected over the weekend.

33 minutes ago

The family of an elderly man who died after “woeful” record-keeping at a care home failed to detect health problems have said they hope his carers have learned lessons from the tragedy.

33 minutes ago

The centenary of the end of the First World War is now just three weeks away with ceremonies to mark the Armistice happening across the world as well as here at home in East Anglia.

Today is your final chance to stake your claim on a share of £10,000 worth of sporting equipment that we are giving away to Suffolk youth football teams.

Local weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 5°C

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Stowmarket Mercury regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24