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Tim Passmore

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore is seeking an explanation from the Home Office after Ipswich missed out on a £260,000 bid to cut crime in one of the town’s most notorious areas.

The pressure mental health emergencies put on modern policing has been laid bare by statistics which show officers in Suffolk recieve nearly 5,000 calls a year about incidents relating to psychological wellbeing.

Fears have been raised that the coronavirus lockdown measures could result in a planning application for hundreds of homes on the police headquarters site in Martlesham being approved with less public input.

Powers to enforce car parking across Suffolk have officially transferred from police to councils – with inconsiderate motorists warned to expect tougher administration.

New Ipswich Tory MP Tom Hunt has received a new rebuke after his controversial comments about law and order in the town – from Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, a fellow Conservative.

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