More powers given to wardens in fight to safeguard town

Community wardens in Sudbury have been given extra powers to allow them to help crack down on low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

The move has been made after Sudbury Town Council successfully applied to become part of the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.

It means selected council workers will now have the authority to hand out fixed penalty notices – for offences such as dog fouling – and record names and addresses of those responsible for crimes.

During the town council’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Acting Inspector Kevin Horton, from Sudbury Police, presented certificates to the town mayor, Jack Owen.

Jacqui Howells, deputy town clerk, said: “The town council is delighted to have received this accreditation award, which was one of our key priorities.

“Once our community wardens have undergone training, they will also be accredited with individual powers enabling them to work closely with the Safer Neighbourhood policing team to ensure Sudbury remains a safe and vibrant place to live, work and visit.”

The scheme is part of Suffolk Constabulary’s drive to work in partnership with more organisation’s to create stronger communities.