Police in Ipswich undertaking a proactive and concerted approach to tackling recent criminal activity and associated anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the town have now made more than 40 arrests.
The operation was launched a month ago with the aim to deter and disrupt crime and ASB that is connected to groups of individuals known to each other, much of which is drug related.
A dedicated team of officers have been tasked to this operation and 41 arrests have been made so far. Officers have also executed warrants or searches at around 30 addresses; issued closure orders on six properties; completed over 20 stop/strip searches of individuals; and have several Criminal Behaviour Order applications awaiting court dates.
Head of policing in Ipswich, Superintendent Kerry Cutler, said: “Our officers have worked extremely hard over the past month which is demonstrated by the number of arrests that have been made and warrants they have executed.
“This work is intelligence-led and is getting results. The arrests have led to 11 people being charged to date – the majority of those in connection with drugs offences – whilst many others remain on police bail or under investigation, pending further enquiries.
“Although we have a team of officers working solely on this operation, they are being assisted in this work by a number of other police colleagues and partner agencies. This includes our Drugs and Scorpion Teams; Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and Youth Offending Service; along with other rehabilitation organisations such as Catch 22, The Recovery Hub, Turning Point and St Giles Trust.
“Suffolk Police will continue to pursue, disrupt and arrest individuals or groups bringing criminality and anti-social behaviour to the streets of our town. However, through the multi-agency work we are committed to seeking ways to divert young people from becoming involved in criminality.
“We want to prevent them from falling into the trappings of a life of crime, which if they are exposed to at a young age can become increasingly difficult to break free from. Only by all the responsible authorities working together can we hope to make a difference to their lives, which in turn will benefit local communities suffering the knock-on effects of crime.
“Information and intelligence from members of the public remains crucial to helping us tackle the blight of drugs. If people don’t feel confident contacting us directly, then I would urge them to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to report any suspicious activity. Alternatively please do contact your local policing team on 101.”
In addition to the 18 arrests previously publicised, below is a summary of the 23 arrests made during the past two weeks:
– Two men from Ipswich – aged 26 and 24 – arrested in connection with the supply of controlled drugs following a warrant at an address in Shackleton Road on 30 March. They have both been bailed until 18 May.
– Four teenage boys arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply on 31 March, by officers on patrol in the town centre. The four – two from London aged 16 and 17; a 15-year-old from Buckinghamshire; and a 17-year-old from Ipswich – have all been bailed until 1 June.
– Three people arrested in connection with Class A drugs offences by officers carrying-out checks at an address in Hadleigh Road on 1 April. All three – a 29-year-old man and 26-year-old woman from Ipswich, along with a 13-year-old boy from London – have been bailed until 15 May.
– A 21-year-old man from Ipswich and 16-year-old boy from Great Yarmouth, arrested by officers in the town centre on 2 April in connection with the supply of Class A drugs. They have been bailed until 2 June.
– Vytautas Kaybrys, aged 31, of Burns Road, Ipswich, arrested in Bramford Road on 3 April and subsequently charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place; driving whilst disqualified; failing to provide a specimen for analysis; driving without insurance; and obstructing the course of public justice. He has been bailed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on 2 May.
– Three teenage boys from Ipswich – two aged 15 and the other 14 – arrested on suspicion of robbery following an incident in Jubilee Park on 9 April. They have been released under investigation pending further enquires.
– Archimede Kintadi, aged 21 and of no fixed abode; and a 17-year-old boy from Watford; were arrested by officers conducting patrols in Christchurch Park on 10 April. Kintadi was subsequently charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply; and the 17-year-old boy was charged with possession of heroin with intent to supply and possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply. They were both remanded in custody to appear before magistrates on 11 April.
– Two men from Ipswich – aged 41 and 37 – arrested by officers in the vicinity of Bolton Lane on 11 April on suspicion of being concerned in the supply or Class A drugs. They have both been released under investigation.
– Leroy Anckor, aged 23, of Old Foundry Road, Ipswich. Arrested by officers on 12 April and subsequently charged with four counts of assault by beating. He was remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning, Thursday 13 April.
– Tyrone Clarke, aged 23, of Shackleton Square, Ipswich. He was arrested following the execution of a warrant at an address in Shackleton Square on 12 April and has subsequently been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of heroin with intent to supply. He was remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today. A 20-year-old man from Ipswich arrested in connection with the same warrant will face no further action following interview.
– A 16-year-old boy from Ipswich arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply by officers conducting address checks in the Chantry area. He has been bailed until 21 April.
Suffolk Police will continue to act upon intelligence provided by members of the public. That information can help us remove drugs and violence from our communities. If you know of suspicious activity taking place in your locality please let us know using the 101 number and we will respond, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.