The number of police officers in Suffolk is now higher than it was in 2010 when the Conservative-led government came into power, according to new Home Office figures.

The number Suffolk Police officers has gone up from 1,277 to 1,396 - a rise of just over 95.

That comes despite a fall in the number of officers between 2010 and 2015 - and is in contrast to the national position.

Across England and Wales the number of officers is still 400 less than it was in 2010.

The figures were released by the Home Office in reponse to a question from Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter.

He said: “I was out with the police overnight during the busy Christmas period and saw for myself how hard they work to keep us safe. 

"We know there are challenges in some parts of Suffolk with knife crime and exploitation through County Lines.

"I am pleased to see that we now have more police officers on our streets – 218 more than we had in 2015, and overall 119 more than when I was first elected as an MP in 2010.”