86 arrests in alcohol crime campaign

POLICE in east Suffolk have made a total of 86 arrests during the first three weeks of this year's Christmas Nightsafe - 28 of them in the first week.The message about alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour is currently being taken out to pubs and clubs via new beer mats and 'Lock 'Em Inn' leaflets.

POLICE in east Suffolk have made a total of 86 arrests during the first three weeks of this year's Christmas Nightsafe - 28 of them in the first week.

The message about alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour is currently being taken out to pubs and clubs via new beer mats and 'Lock 'Em Inn' leaflets.

Suffolk police are currently supporting the government-led alcohol misuse enforcement campaign to tackle alcohol related crime which runs from November 14 - 24.

Additional patrols are being run in all the main towns including Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Leiston, Framlingham, Saxmundham, and Aldeburgh throughout this period and up to the New Year.

Phil Aves, detective chief inspector at Suffolk police, said officers would continue with high visibility patrols over the next four weekends.

“The number of arrests at this time shows no real increase under the new licensing legislation and we are pleased that generally people are being sensible with their alcohol consumption.

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“The largest number of arrests - 24 over the past three weeks - has been for drink driving and with the additional patrols the likelihood of arrest for that offence is increased.

“If you are going out for the evening think about how you are going to get home. Nominate a designated driver or get a taxi or use public transport.

“Police will be out to try and ensure everyone can enjoy a safe night out and to stamp out any alcohol related crime and disorder.”

N Do you think enough is being done to stamp out alcohol related crime and disorder in the run up to Christmas? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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