Residents speak out over resort violence

WE'VE had enough.That was the response today from angry Felixstowe residents whose town was the setting for a massive seafront brawl on Sunday night.

WE'VE had enough.

That was the response today from angry Felixstowe residents whose town was the setting for a massive seafront brawl on Sunday night.

Some people are even trying to sell their houses to get away from the alcohol-fuelled violence which is becoming common.

Rod Dennis, who lives in Undercliff Road West, said: “The anti-social behaviour we have to put up with is now becoming a weekly event to the point that some residents are now trying to sell their houses just to move away from this area.”

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Residents watched in horror as a group of youngsters from the town got into a fight with another group, believed to be foreign nationals, outside the town's leisure centre shortly after 5pm as many families visited the resort.

Bruce Harrison, of Langer Road, has lived in the town for 19 years and works on the Pier and Amusements' Crazy Golf Course and believes the town is becoming a dangerous place and he has watched the town slide in recent years.

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The golf course attendant said: “There were about 12 of them altogether but you could tell it was two separate groups. I think one group were Russian.

“There were a lot of police though - everywhere you looked.”

Pat Foley, a senior care assistant for The Suffolk Retirement Home, in Sea Road, had been working when the fight broke out.

She said: “Things are getting worse around here especially over the holidays because of the volume of people visiting the town.”

Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Ann Rodwell, will become Felixstowe town mayor in May, says she believes the town's problems are alcohol related.

She said: “There seems to be a small group of youngsters who do not know how to behave.

“We are going to introduce an alcohol-free zone in the town for public drinking and hopefully this will give police more powers to deal with those who are causing trouble in the area.”

Police arrested four People during the brawl, which went on until 7pm, and say more arrests are likely.

At its height ten police cars, two transit-style vans and the police helicopter were used to restore order to the packed seafront.

Figures show that violent crime in Felixstowe has actually reduced over the last year but anyone who witnessed this event is asked to contact police on 01473 613500.

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