No takers for Elm Street Hilton!

IPSWICH is a town that needs more hotel beds - but no one will want to stay in the rooms that are currently available in Elm Street.Suffolk Police are today showing off the “delights” of the Lock 'Em Inn, a hostelry which will be providing accommodation for trouble-makers over the holiday period.

IPSWICH is a town that needs more hotel beds - but no one will want to stay in the rooms that are currently available in Elm Street.

Suffolk Police are today showing off the “delights” of the Lock 'Em Inn, a hostelry which will be providing accommodation for trouble-makers over the holiday period.

During the run-up to Christmas there are always more parties which can encourage people to let their hair down.

This is fine - so long as high-spirits do not become bad behaviour. And so long as those who have a few drinks don't get behind the wheel of a vehicle.


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If people do cross the threshold of acceptable behaviour then they can expect to get an unwanted tour of Ipswich police station's cells.

The launch of the new campaign today should drive that message home - and hopefully few people will be following the example of Hotel Inspector Ruth Watson and seeing at first hand the facilities on hand in Elm Street.

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Everyone wants to enjoy the Christmas season - but that enjoyment must not cross the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. The fewer people that stay in the Lock 'Em Inn this Christmas, the better things will be for the rest of us in Ipswich.

ENSURING vehicles are safe - and legal - is one of the main tasks of Suffolk police, and it is absolutely right that officers should make spot checks to ensure laws are not being broken.

But there does need to be careful thought given before checks are set up - to ensure that these checks themselves do not bring the town to a standstill.

Yesterday's operation in the Waterfront area of Ipswich caused traffic chaos and led to hundreds of people being late for work.

By setting up the checkpoint in one of the town's busiest roads at the busiest time of the day, the police may have caught several people driving illegally - but they also alienated hundreds of law-abiding citizens who had to explain to their bosses why they were late for work.

The police were later forced to apologise for the disruption they caused.

Hopefully they have now learned a lesson - law-abiding motorists will usually tolerate some level of disruption to check documents, but a major sweep at rush-hour is likely to cause ill-feeling on a massive scale and its benefits are likely to be outweighed by the hostility it provokes.

IT IS difficult to understand the mentality of the thug or thugs who threw wood preservative at the home of an elderly widow on the Chantry estate in Ipswich.

The attack must have been terrifying for someone living alone, and it is difficult to imagine what could have prompted the sick attackers to daub her house with these garden chemicals.

Mrs Ennis mercifully slept through the actual attack, but when she looked at her home in the morning she was shocked by the sight and smell of the chemical.

Everyone will hope that the vandal or vandals responsible for this attack will soon be caught - and that Mrs Ennis' home will be restored to the pristine condition it is usually kept in.

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