Two new police recruits aim to make an impact

FRESH CHALLENGE: Steve Tully and Kathy Ellis outside Sudbury Police Station.
FRESH CHALLENGE: Steve Tully and Kathy Ellis outside Sudbury Police Station.

Two new bobbies on the beat have been recruited to help make the streets of Sudbury and Great Cornard that little bit safer.

Sergeants Kathy Ellis and Steve Tully, who have more than 20 years’ experience in the police, joined the town’s force earlier this month.

Mr Tully fills the role of Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant for Sudbury and Great Cornard.

“I have never been stationed in Sudbury before, so it is a new location and something I am looking forward to,” said the 44-year-old.

“Starting somewhere new is always a challenge and I hope to be able to make a real difference.

“Since becoming a police officer, my aim has been to help stop people suffering and improve their quality of life.”

First on his list of priorities is to tackle anti-social behaviour and shoplifting.

“High-value thefts from shops is something we are looking at closely,” said Mr Tully, from Bury St Edmunds.

“There have been some underlying offences and the aim is to cut them out.”

Mrs Ellis, who has also switched to the town from working in Ipswich, said she was keen to have a high-level of community involvement with the Babergh West branch of the force.

Two of her current focuses are outbuilding burglaries, particularly in Long Melford and Lavenham, and parking issues outside schools.

“It is heartening to see lots of people are taking the time to secure their buildings more carefully, but there are still those who leave them unlocked,” she the 44-year-old, who lives in Colchester.

Mrs Ellis said she would be looking to use Suffolk Police’s “big bad wolf” scheme – which sees an officer don a wolf costume to draw attention to unlocked properties – in the coming weeks.

She is also part of the area’s police cadet scheme, which had its first meeting at Ormiston Sudbury Academy on Wednesday.

“We had 15 youngsters attend and are hoping to get 25 in total,” said Mrs Ellis.

The duo have replaced Sgt Kevin Horton, who is now based in Bury St Edmunds.