Police boss praises volunteers

A TEAM of committed volunteers credited with preventing crimes and helping police deal with more than 300 incidents, from rape to under-age drinking, have been thanked.

The volunteers, who monitor CCTV cameras covering Hadleigh and Sudbury from the Sudbury Police Station in Acton Lane, have been instrumental in the scheme’s success since the centre was launched in early 2009.

At present, there are 10 volunteers aged between 20 and 60 monitoring around 180 hours of footage each month, with four more helpers in training.

The team has helped find missing people, identified shoplifters and played a part in the arrest of a rape suspect.

Inspector Paul Crick of Sudbury police said: “It is a credit to both the volunteers themselves and the local community that such dedicated and capable individuals give their time freely and willingly to keep Babergh safe.

“The difference that this sustained level of active CCTV monitoring makes is almost incalculable. I cannot applaud the volunteers enough and take this opportunity to publicly thank them.”

Other example of the success the volunteers have achieved includes flagging up drunk and disorderly behaviour, monitoring anti-social behaviour hot spots and providing information about possible drug dealers.

Paul Little, Babergh’s community safety manager, said: “The commitment shown by our volunteers to their unpaid work is nothing short of outstanding – and the success of this scheme is very much their success.

“In terms of prevention, detection and intelligence gathering, the volunteers have more than proved their worth and are providing a real and very valuable service for their community.”