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Business and police combine to make girls feel safer

Thursday, 10th February 2011.

Female pupils at two Haverhill schools can feel even safer when out in the town from now on, thanks to Suffolk Constabulary and International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF).

Together, the police and IFF purchased personal safety alarms and these were presented to girls in the sixth form at Castle Manor Business and Enterprise College and Samuel Ward Arts and Technology College on Wednesday, February 9.

The presentation was the idea of Special Inspector Gerry Kiernan and Crime Reduction Officer Bernard Plume.

Mr Plume said: “A number of years ago we joined with a local business to present alarms to female students. They were very well received by the schools and helped the teenage girls to feel safer when out with friends.

“We are very grateful for the support of IFF, who have generously match-funded our contribution towards the alarms to ensure every female sixth form student can benefit.”

Along with the alarm, each girl received information on personal safety.

Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team's Insp Chris Galley said: “Haverhill is a very safe place to enjoy a night out, but we would always encourage people to stick together, drink responsibly and arrange a way to get home.

"If any member of your group does consume a large quantity of alcohol, do not leave them on their own and make sure they are accompanied home. Stick to well-lit, public areas and let others know your plans.

“Police officers are on patrol in Haverhill town centre on busy Friday and Saturday nights, and are there to offer help and assistance as well as deal with any disorder.”

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