Center Parcs gets own police officer in crime crackdown

A DEDICATED police officer will patrol a leading Suffolk tourist resort as part of a crackdown on crime.

Suzanne Ashford, a police community support officer, has been drafted into Center Parcs at Elveden after a spate of thefts and burglaries at the holiday village.

Miss Ashford, 25, said: “I have certainly got some work to do but I’m very excited about my new role.

“Having a constant police presence will deter people coming on site to steal.”

Since 2008, scores of holidaymakers at Center Parcs have been burgled or had their bikes stolen.

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The total value of items taken in the past two years alone is more than �270,000.

Bosses at the firm are match funding Miss Ashford’s new role as part of a raft of security measures such as improvements to the site fence and advice to guests.

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She will be based at the site in Elveden Forest along with a staff cycle patrol team to stop the thieves in their tracks.

Simon Kay, a spokesman for the firm, said: “It is no secret that over the past 12 months or so we have clearly been targeted by a group or groups of persistent offenders who come in and target guests’ bikes and, in some instances, their accommodation.

“This is a statement of intent. We are letting people know these crimes will not be tolerated.”

A police helicopter was scrambled on Friday after a suspicious man was seen on a bike after a bicycle was reported stolen there.

A suspicious-looking truck was spotted in Elveden Forest and a short time later a 43-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman were arrested.

The truck was seized by police and, following a search at a property in Brandon, 11 pedal cycles were recovered.

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