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Haverhill's new police inspector is keen to 'understand the concerns of the community'

Haverhill’s new police inspector says he is delighted to return to the town again, and is keen to work with the community to address their concerns about local crime.

Insp Kevin Horton began his role as the locality inspector for Sudbury and Haverhill on Monday, taking over from Danny Cooper, who has departed after six years to take a new position at the Suffolk Constabulary central command in Martlesham Heath.

A 20-year veteran of Suffolk Police, Insp Horton previously served in Haverhill as acting response sergeant and as acting inspector.

Inspector Kevin Horton outside Haverhill police station. Picture by Steve Barton
Inspector Kevin Horton outside Haverhill police station. Picture by Steve Barton

In recent years, he has been based in Ipswich, initially as the duty inspector, before taking the position of locality inspector for South West Suffolk, when the county’s new policing model was introduced in 2016.

Insp Horton’s new role will see him co-ordinate policing in Sudbury, Haverhill and the surrounding area, including Clare, Great Cornard, Long Melford, Glemsford and Lavenham.

“I’m really delighted to come back here and take the role,” he said. “I’m really pleased to have the overall responsibility for the locality.

“I’ve got good local knowledge and I’m looking to working with the Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) and getting to know the local community.

“I’m very conscious that the needs of Sudbury and Haverhill and the smaller villages can be slightly different, so the key for me at the moment is to understand the concerns of the community.

“My focus is on tackling serious crimes that affect individuals and communities. I’m from a community policing background so I want to have a look at that.

“I’m also looking forward to getting back on the ONE Haverhill Partnership and looking at partnership working.”

Anybody wishing to discuss concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour in their area can email community engagement officer for Sudbury and Haverhill, Pc John Gerrish, at CEOsudburyhaverhill@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

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