How British were the Caribbean soldiers of the First World War?

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During Black History Month 2018, Samuel Ali challenges the idea that African and Caribbean soldiers served to support British troops, not as British troops in WW1

The narrative that African and Caribbean peoples served in support of but not as British soldiers, during WW1, was perpetuated during the unveiling of Britain’s first African and Caribbean War Memorial last year, in Brixton. Over one hundred years after the outbreak of the war, then Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, was amongst those expressing this view, stating: “(s)erving thousands of miles from home, they fought and fell with British soldiers to defend the freedoms we enjoy today…”

The main inscription on the memorial itself, unveiled on Windrush Day, 22 June 2017, is dedicated to the “(m)emory of the service men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who served alongside the forces of the British Commonwealth and her allies during WWI and WWII.”…

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How Suffolk is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

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What is #NHCAW?

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#NHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The week of action takes place between the second to third Saturday in October each year. It aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

Hate crime social media graphic (2)Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police are working hard to provide a quality service to victims, their families and the wider community. We work alongside key partners, and communities affected by hate crime to tackle local hate crime issues.

Suffolk has an active Hate Crime Network which brings together a wide range of partners to help support a shared vision of raising awareness of hate crime, encouraging reporting and preventing and challenging prejudices that can lead to acts of hate crime.


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During this week we will be spreading a message of H.O.P.E.

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Ipswich Borough Council Signs Time to Change Employer Pledge

Mental health matters! That is why Ipswich Borough Council is joining organisations up and down the country and signing up to the Time to Change employer pledge.


I`m very Proud to have played a part in making this happen and to be part of a council that pledges to end mental health stigma


The first to sign in Grafton House on World Mental Health Day were Council Leader David Ellesmere and Chief Executive Russell Williams, who explained that one in four people experience mental health problems and that the vast majority say they have faced negative treatment from others.


“We want everyone who works here at the Council to feel that they can be open about their mental health and ask for support if they need it. By signing this pledge, we aim to promote good mental health, and to support employees who might experience mental ill-health in the best way we can.”


The Borough Council will be taking positive action, including training a group of employees to be Mental Health First Aiders, training managers and team members how to promote a supportive and sensitive environment and providing all staff with online information about mental health resources, and how to share experiences.

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Business cold caller scam

Police have issued a warning to businesses to be vigilant to cold callers following two incidents in Norfolk and Suffolk.

It comes after a company based in Harleston, Norfolk received a call on Monday 17 September from someone claiming to be ‘Sergeant Mark Shepherd’ from Suffolk Police and asked to speak with the director.

He then stated he ‘was doing a campaign involving going into schools and talking about safety issues and requesting sponsorship’. When the call recipient declined, the caller put the phone down.

On Wednesday 26 September a company based in Hadleigh, Suffolk received a similar call from someone claiming to be ‘Mark Shepherd’. He stated he was from the media department of the police and was asking for charity donations. When challenged he stated he was a freelancer and provided an invalid phone number.

Later in the day a further call was received from a man to a sister company which shares the same address and was answered by the same member of staff. The man was challenged after he repeated his request to speak to a director and he then gave his name as ‘Steven Gerrard’ before the call was ended.

Officers have this advice:

  • Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
  • If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
  • Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
  • If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
  • Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Suffolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Improving collaboration in North West Ipswich

In my “Day Job” with ICM I was part of a pilot session in April of this year, the workshop included a broad section of local representatives who engaged in brainstorming and honest open discussions about some of the challenges that people face trying to offer services or support to the Whitehouse area.
Many great ideas and insights came out of the last session regarding how service providers might collaborate better. We discussed how we could offer more holistic services to the people of Whitehouse and North West Ipswich and how engagement with local residents may be improved.
We are looking to expand on this so a follow up session will be held on 26th September 3pm to 6pm at St Thomas Church Hall, Bramford Lane , Ipswich IP1 5EP
Live in Whitehouse area or North West Ipswich ? Do you want to help shape the way services are provided in your conmunity? Could you be part of finding out what is needed and what can be done to help your communities ?
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Witness appeal to Ipswich robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to robbery that took place in Ipswich.


It happened on Thursday 13 September by Suffolk College at about 7.40pm when a 14 year old teenager was approached by four teenage males and asked if he was listening to music. He had his phone in his hand and then one of the males grabbed it and the headphones and then handed both back to the victim with a threat made that they would assault him if the victim went after the group.


Two teenagers, aged 13 year and 14 years old have both been arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken to Marltesham Police investigation Centre for questioning where they remain.


Officers believe that several members of the public walked past the group at about the time of the incident that took place on a path next to the football pitches near to an ATM machine and are keen to speak to them as potential witnesses.


Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw any suspicious activity should contact Ipswich CID on 101, quoting crime reference 37/52646/18.  Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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