Police to leave their Clare base

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Police are set to leave their base in Clare and move to Haverhill police station eight miles away.

The St Edmundsbury Rural South Safer Neighbourhood Team will leave their base in Harp Lane, Clare, on Tuesday July 14 after the lease on the building expired.

Normal patrols for the Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and response officers will continue in Clare and the surrounding villages but, instead of working from the Harp Lane base, the team will stage a drop-in session at Clare Fire Station every Tuesday from 10am until midday.

The team comprises a sergeant, two police officers, three PCSOs and a Special Constable.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, and Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson attended Clare Town Council meeting recently to update councillors and the public on the changes.

Tim Passmore said: “Earlier this year, I attended the town council meeting with Gareth Wilson and I pledged to find a solution.

“I’m sure everyone will agree that enabling the Safer Neighbourhood Team to use the fire station is a practical and value-for-money solution.

“Regardless of where the officers are based, I can assure residents of Clare and the surrounding area that the Constabulary will maintain its local police presence at the existing levels for the foreseeable future.

“This is in spite of the reductions in posts at county policing command, and that they will see no change in the policing services they currently receive.”

Gareth Wilson said: “We are very grateful for the support of our colleagues in the fire service in this issue.

“This is another excellent example of public services working together.

“In addition to the weekly drop-in session, a police phone point is being set up on the wall at Clare Fire Station so that anyone without a phone or mobile can contact their Safer Neighbourhood Team at other times,” he added.