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Police are urging caravan owners to take simple steps to secure their caravans, after one was stolen at the end of March at Sternfield.

The incident took place at some point between Tuesday 27 March at 7pm and Wednesday 28 March at 10am at a site on Sandy Lane. Despite the caravan having a lock attached to it, this was broken and the caravan was removed by being dragged across fields. It was located and recovered a few days later in Bedfordshire.

Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural Crime Team police said: "As we enter spring time it’s the time of year when  more caravans are going to be used so I would urge users/owners to be vigilant.

"My advice for owners would be to ensure the caravan is kept locked and secured by a decent lock which is ‘Secure by Design’ rated.   People should also ensure security markings are recorded and photos of the caravan taken. If possible, they should park them under lit areas and consider CCTV.

"I would strongly urge all owners to have tracking devices fitted, as these can result in prompt recovery, which was the case for the one stolen last week. The cost of a tracking device can easily be balanced against the cost of a replacement caravan.”

-Use locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the wheels

-Not to leave expensive personal belongings inside and ensure they lock them on site when out for the day also. If out for the evening, consider leaving a light and or radio on, to make the place look occupied.

-Consider the use of shed alarms which are relatively inexpensive easily available at hard ware stores yet provide a good deterrent.

Site owners, are urged to review their site security and consider such things as CCTV, barriers, lighting, ditches around the perimeter to prevent access via fields, regular patrols around the site, particularly after dark to ensure security is maintained. If anybody wants any advice on security for their site, they can contact me or any caravan dealership where they will be able to advise accordingly.

If anyone sees any suspicious activity on a caravan site they should try and obtain descriptions and vehicle registrations.

For further useful tips please visit Suffolk Constabulary website: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/caravan_security.pdf

Police are urging businesses to be vigilant over the use of fake bank notes following several incidents in north, east and south Suffolk.

The warning comes after a number of counterfeit £20 notes were used in shops and businesses.

On Saturday 24 March, officers received reports of two fake £20 notes being exchanged at the Sue Ryder Charity Shop in High Street, Southwold, on Friday 23 March.

Officers received further reports of a boy trying to use suspected fake £20 notes in the St Elizabeth Hospice shop in Market Hill, Framlingham, on Saturday 24 March. The boy managed to use two in exchange for goods but was refused a third when there was no change in the till. The boy is then alleged as saying he would obtain change from his mother but never returned.

Reports of fake £20s being used in shops occurring in the Beccles and Bungay area were also received on Monday 26 March. These took place in the Brake charity shop in Bungay, located in the Market Place, a card shop also in the Market Place, the British Heart Foundation charity shop on The Walk in Beccles, and the Sue Ryder shop in Beccles. In these incidents the suspect is described as a male with an Irish accent, aged in his 30 or 40s and wearing a blue jumper.

On Tuesday 27 March, two further reports were received regarding three fake £20 notes being taken at Café Clare in Well Lane on Saturday and three further £20 notes were also exchanged on the same day at Honey Hill Café in Church Street. It is believed that three different people went into Honey Hill Cafe to exchange the notes but one of the suspects is described as male, aged between 12 and 13-years-old, with dark, curly hair, and with an Irish accent.

Police are keen to raise awareness among shopkeepers in particular about these incidents and would advise businesses to be vigilant and check cash as thoroughly as possible.

Anyone who is offered any counterfeit notes, or has any information about those involved in the circulation of counterfeit money, can contact Suffolk police on 101 or use the ‘report something’ link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something.   

Suffolk Police has recently issued guidance relating to the security of Power Tools as there has been a surge in this type of crime. Click here for more details.

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Suffolk Police are calling on local communities to help tackle incidents of lead theft from churches.

The advice follows reports of attempted theft in Ipswich and Woodbridge in recent weeks; however there are concerns that some incidents are not being reported which limits the Constabulary’s ability to take action.

Police work in close partnership with churches to help detect and deter crime, and encourage all to consider the installation of lighting, CCTV and/or roof alarms.

Rural churches, in particular, are often targeted due to their isolated locations so members of the public are asked to report any suspicious activity they see. Stealing a large amount of lead takes time and a reasonably large vehicle to transport it, so any early reports will assist police in locating the offenders.

Chief Inspector Stuart Grimsey said: "We are asking local people to take an interest in their local church whilst they are out and about. If you take the dog out for a walk, or go for a stroll, don’t ignore anything that you think looks out of place - report anything you think may be suspicious to the police.

"Communities can act as our eyes and ears, and by pulling together to note suspicious activity, we can deter thieves and help keep these historic buildings safe.”

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UK THREAT LEVEL 

The UK threat levels remain unchanged at SEVERE for police and the UK generally, meaning an attack is highly likely but not imminently expected and officers locally will be conducting increased, highly visible patrols, to provide reassurance and confidence.  

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: "Here in Suffolk we continue to keep policing under review in view of national events and, while the county remains safe, we need to come together to show those who would create fear and division that we stand as one against such attacks.

"Extremists present a significant challenge for the police, security and intelligence services and our communities’ support is paramount in helping us deal with this challenge. I would urge everyone to report anything they believe to be suspicious behaviour, and to continue to be alert but not alarmed.

"The threat level and our response are constantly under review. If we feel it necessary to deploy specially trained officers again in the coming weeks we will, while maintaining a police presence in our communities and at key events.

"I would continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert — if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place, we would rather investigate concerns which come to nothing, rather than hear an incident could have been prevented.”  

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999.


 

This message is being broadcast on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards

We've had many reports of traders going door to door across the County offering to sell chainsaws and generators. Reports have been received in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Beccles.

Please be especially cautious of any individual who approaches you and offers to sell you something at a incredibly reduced price.  

Trust your instincts — If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Anyone who is offered goods for sale out the back of a van, by a person who approaches them in the street, or uninvited at the doorstep, should be highly suspicious. Goods sold in this way may be stolen, counterfeit, unsafe or simply overpriced.

Our advice is simply never to deal with traders in this way.

Anyone who is suspicious of goods offered for sale in this way should report the matter to Suffolk police by contacting the number 101, or by calling us via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.