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Senior detective to head up new team

PUBLISHED: 12:16 10 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

NEW APPOINTMENT: Det Supt Andy Henwood who will head up the new joint Major Investigation Team.

NEW APPOINTMENT: Det Supt Andy Henwood who will head up the new joint Major Investigation Team.

A FORMER Lowestoft police officer is set to head-up a joint major investigation team as the senior detective.

Detective Superintendent Andy Henwood, from Suffolk Constabulary, will now take charge of a team of officers and staff as part of the new joint Major Investigation Team (MIT) for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.

A FORMER Lowestoft police officer is set to head-up a joint major investigation team as the senior detective.

Detective Superintendent Andy Henwood, from Suffolk Constabulary, will now take charge of a team of officers and staff as part of the new joint Major Investigation Team (MIT) for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.

This team will be responsible for the investigation of murders and other serious crimes, allowing both forces to better manage large scale and complex investigations.

Det Supt Henwood will take up the post in April next year and will work from Martlesham Heath and Wymondham in Norfolk.

Until then, as Head of MIT (designate), he will be involved in the planning issues leading up to the formation of the unit, including organising finances and recruiting staff.

Det Supt Henwood has more than 25 years service with Suffolk Constabulary and has served in uniform and CID roles across the county, including Lowestoft, Sudbury, Mildenhall, Felixstowe and Bury St Edmunds.

He has worked with Suffolk's Major Crime Unit, and throughout his career has been involved in investigating major crimes in different roles and ranks.

Being the deputy Senior Investigating Officer in the Vicky Hall murder enquiry, he has also led major crime investigations involving murder and stranger rape. During the Suffolk murders investigation in 2006, he was appointed the deputy officer in overall command.

“I am delighted to take up the challenge of heading up the joint Major Investigation Team,” said Det Supt Henwood.

“The new team is an exciting development for both forces - and will give us far greater strength-in-depth to respond to major crime and complex investigations, wherever they may occur in our two counties.

“It will also allow us to become more efficient in our efforts to solve major crime, which will benefit victims, their families - and help us keep our counties safe.”

The formation of the new team is part of a collaborative project between the two forces to establish a joint Protective Services Command.

The establishment of the Command is part of a wider programme of collaborative projects between the two Constabularies, which have announced their intention to work together as “preferred partners.”

Chief Supt Les Parrett of Norfolk Constabulary, who leads the joint working/collaboration team, said: “This is the first major appointment and a significant milestone on the journey towards establishing not just a joint MIT but a joint Protective Services command which will follow.

“We are delighted that the MIT can move forward with a leader who will be laying the foundations for an important joint service for the people of Norfolk and Suffolk.”

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