Three arrested during day of proactive policing in Lowestoft

Picture: Archant library.

Picture: Archant library. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Proactive policing by a special task force has yielded three arrests.

Suffolk Constabulary's Scorpion team joined forces with the Lowestoft Safer Neighbourhood Team for a day of action on Friday, September 15.

Arrests included a drug driver, a man wanted for prison recall and a shoplifter.

Starting early, the team arrested 32-year-old Keith Ridgewell at 9.50am.

Ridgewell, who is from Lowestoft, was wanted on recall to prison after failing to appear at court.

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He was taken into custody and has since been returned to the prison system.

The second arrest was of a Lowestoft man suspected of shoplifting.

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Edward Andrews, of St Peters Street, was arrested in connection with two thefts from business premises in the town.

During his interview with detectives, the 39-year-old admitted stealing goods to the value of £150 from a store in the town on Sunday, July 30.

Following further enquiries, Andrews was charged with two counts of theft from a shop.

The second incident took place at a shop on Friday, August 4, in which clothing to the value of £25 was stolen.

Andrews appeared before Norwich Magistrates' Court on Saturday, September 16.

He has now been granted conditional bail to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, October 11.

The final arrest of day made by the joint forces occurred at around 3pm.

A 20-year-old Lowestoft man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving. Officers had reason to request a vehicle to stop in Windsor Road.

A drugs swipe was administered by the officers, which tested positive for cannabis.

The man was arrested and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre where he has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries. The county-wide multi-skilled Scorpion team has been in operation since 2015. It was created to tackle drug crime and other crime and disorder issues across Suffolk.

It is an amalgamation of the constabulary's former Scorpion teams, Territorial Support Teams, ANPRIT Team and Night Time Economy Team.

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