In recent weeks there has been a big increase in the amount of litter, empty alcohol bottles and more worryingly, nitrous oxide canistes left on the common (as shown below). This is very disappointing and completely avoidable if people just take their litter home or use the waste bins provided around the common. Most people who use the wonderful space are respectful of it but it only takes a few to spoil it for everybody.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the people that have picked up litter as they have walked on the common. It makes a huge difference.
A letter was sent to the Chief Constable of Suffolk Police and Tim Passmore (Police and Crime Commisioner), was copied in on it. The letter said that we would like to fully support the latest 'Don't be a Tosser' campaign (posters now situated around the common) and asks for help in dealing with the increase in incidents on the common.
The reply we received from Suffolk Police was very helpful and informative. It stated that our letter has been forwarded to the Locality Inspector for the area covering Rushmere Common and they have marked the common for local patrols. It also said that the details of the letter have been passed on to the dedicated Police Community Support Officer for the area. A 'click before you call' campaign has been implemented to encourage online reporting where appropriate, which includes a function to identify if callers have attempted to call 101 before switching to online reporting. We urge anyone who witnesses any anti-social behaviour to report it via the Suffolk Police website. This can be done by clicking on the following link https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something