Lock 'Em Inn cells get spoof inspection

VIDEO What is scarier - a night in the cells or a telling off from television's hotel inspector Ruth Watson?Ipswich police today put both to the test by showing off their new extended custody block and re-launching the world renowned Lock Em Inn campaign.

WHAT is scarier - a night in the cells or a telling off from television's hotel inspector Ruth Watson?

Ipswich police today put both to the test by showing off their new extended custody block and re-launching the world renowned Lock Em Inn campaign.

The campaign aims to reduce alcohol-related offences of violent crime and anti social behaviour and its quirky messages have spread worldwide since it was first launched in 2005.

It is now being run again from the beginning of November to the beginning of January next year.

Channel 5's Ruth Watson, who co-owns the Crown and Castle in Orford, joined Suffolk police's chief constable Simon Ash to unveil a new Lock Em Inn sign on the front of Ipswich Police Station.

The no-nonsense television star tries to transform the nation's worst accommodation in her Hotel Inspector show.

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This year, the Lock Em Inn campaign, which is a zero tolerance approach to alcohol-related crime, has re-branded its leaflets in gold. They are being handed out around town by police.

The campaign's cheeky messages say the town's police station has “lots of bars” and is “conveniently located within easy reach of Ipswich's pubs, clubs and criminal courts”. It says it is created “with economy in mind”.

The custody block at Ipswich has been extended following an increased demand for cell space.

The new cells were unveiled today at the campaign's relaunch.

East of England Tourism inspected the custody block and a spoof English Rose star rating category was created.

Between November 2006 and January 2007, 4,720 crimes were recorded in the southern area of Suffolk, 867 (18per cent) were alcohol related.

It is a 16pc decrease compared to the same period in 2005/06 when there were 5,638 offences and 17pc were alcohol related.

Actions to cut down on crime during the campaign include:

Increased high visibility policing

Promotion of sensible drinking

Increased police and public awareness of the zero tolerance approach to alcohol-related offences

Increased use of penalty notices for disorder for alcohol-related offences

Encouraging licensed premises staff to refuse admission or serve intoxicated customers

Increased police and public awareness of the use of CCTV

Do you think the Lock Em Inn campaign is a good idea? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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