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Bobbies on the beat

PUBLISHED: 16:06 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:30 05 July 2010

MORE than four in ten people in Suffolk say they have never seen a bobby on the beat in their area.

But the figures have improved since a year ago, when more than half of people said they had never seen an officer on foot patrol.

MORE than four in ten people in Suffolk say they have never seen a bobby on the beat in their area.

But the figures have improved since a year ago, when more than half of people said they had never seen an officer on foot patrol. And the number of people who had seen a bobby on the beat in the previous week has shot up from 9pc to 21pc.

Suffolk Police asked members of the public: “When did you last see a police officer or police community support officer (PCSO) on foot patrol in the area where you live?”

Insp Tim Powell, who is in charge of policing in Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Southwold and surrounding villages, said: “I am quite pleased with these figures which show we are moving in the right direction. We have introduced safer neighbourhood teams, and an important part of that is the PCSOs.”

Norfolk Police does not collect such information but will be doing so as part of new research into public confidence from next month.

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