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Assurances offered to Haverhill residents before Bonfire Night

An operation involving police, the NHS, fire service, volunteer service, Havebury Housing Association,councils and the Red Cross sought to aid Haverhill residents recently.

An operation involving police, the NHS, fire service, volunteer service, Havebury Housing Association,councils and the Red Cross sought to aid Haverhill residents recently.

Operation Gunpowder sought out vulnerable residents in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night to see what concerns they had and what help they needed.

The agencies split into teams of three, and between October 22 and November 2, visited 1,313 homes in the town and spoke 590 residents to see what their issues were.

Two residents seen were given a referral to Homeshield and 20 were passed on to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to have smoke detectors installed.

Homeshield Suffolk is a partnership of over 60 agencies all of whom have front-line staff and volunteers who visit people in their own homes.

Problems raised included lack of street lighting, anti social behaviour, rubbish being left out and problems with neighbours.

Insp Peter Ferrie said: “The overwhelming majority were very happy, felt safe and had no issues to report.

“We will definitely be doing it again because it was a really worthwhile operation and extremely well received by the majority of residents.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (November 15) Echo.

 

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