Cop shop booze ban still in force

A BOOZE ban at Ipswich police station - implemented after claims of misconduct - remains in place today while investigations continue.The Civic Drive cop shop bar has not sold alcohol for more than four months after a night of alleged high jinks on November 23 last year.

A BOOZE ban at Ipswich police station - implemented after claims of misconduct - remains in place today while investigations continue.

The Civic Drive cop shop bar has not sold alcohol for more than four months after a night of alleged high jinks on November 23 last year.

Constabulary chiefs immediately called in the Professional Standards Department, which launched an on-going probe.

A number of incidents are believed to have taken place both inside and outside the station.

Today, a police spokesman confirmed: “The bar at Ipswich police station remains closed for the sale of alcoholic drinks, following allegations of misconduct on the evening of Friday, November 23, 2007.

“The investigation by Suffolk Constabulary's Professional Standards Department into the alleged incidents continues.

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“No decision will be made about reopening the bar until after the conclusion of this investigation.

“We will not discuss the nature of the alleged incidents or issue any further comment until the investigation into the allegations has been completed.”

Police are remaining tight-lipped over whether any officers have been suspended as a result of the alleged incidents.

The bar is used by officers outside work time.

The station has gained national publicity in recent years by being named the 'Lock 'Em Inn' in a quirky warning to revellers that drink-fuelled bad behaviour will not be tolerated.

The high-profile campaign has overseen the introduction of more officers on the streets on Friday and Saturday nights.

In promoting the drive, Simon Ash, Suffolk police's chief constable, said: “The serious message is the issue about conduct in a public place.

“Moments of madness lead to a lifetime of regret - it is all about trying to get that message across.”

Should the police bar be closed permanently? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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