New signs with eye designs are popping up all over the town in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The signage has been added to CCTV spots in Ipswich, and there are plans to install more over the coming years.

The design follows worldwide research that images of eyes have been used to deter litter-dropping, anti-social behaviour, and even criminal activity.

The eyes draw attention to the presence of CCTV cameras and also natural surveillance by others in public.

The signs have been installed in more than 20 locations in Ipswich through the borough council's successful bid for Safer Streets 4 funding from the Home Office.

The council says that there has been a 26% reduction in targeted crimes in the town since the project started in the summer of 2022.

CCTV also played a role in identifying those convicted of the murder of Raymond James Quigley last year.

There are plans to install signage at all new CCTV installations in the town, as well as putting up more than 40 new cameras from the upcoming Safer Streets 5 and Towns Deal funding.

Councillor John Cook, Ipswich Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and sport, said: “The new signage alongside our improved and expanded CCTV network certainly appears to have been effective.

"Our aim is to reduce incidences of crime, littering and anti-social behaviour. We want residents, visitors, and businesses in Ipswich to both be safe and feel safe.

"As the Safer Streets projects continue, we will continue to act positively to deter incidents and support Suffolk Police when gathering evidence to secure convictions.”

Andy Martin, superintendent of Ipswich police, added: “The success of Safer Streets is testament to how we can jointly make the town of Ipswich a safer and more attractive place for everyone to visit.

“The positive impact of the continued hard work by all those that care about Ipswich is making a difference, but there is more to do, and we will continue to work tirelessly with partners and the public to strive for better to improve the town centre and catch those who impact it the most.”