'Stay safe' plea to New Year revellers

NEW Year's Eve revellers are being urged to be responsible as emergency services brace themselves for one of their busiest nights.

Simon Tomlinson

NEW Year's Eve revellers are being urged to be responsible as emergency services brace themselves for one of their busiest nights.

With freezing temperatures forecast in parts of the region, Suffolk police aims to ensure people celebrate safely and legally tonight while targeting the minority intent on causing trouble.

They are also warning revellers to make arrangements to get home safely as problems are more likely to occur when people have too much alcohol, separate from their friends and go off alone.


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Additional officers will be out on patrol across the county with drink-drivers in particular being targeted.

Inspector Chris Gilmore, of Community Safety at Suffolk police, said: “If you are planning a night out please think about your safety - try to stay with your friends and make arrangements to get home.

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“This could be by appointing a designated driver, booking a taxi or using public transport. Above all keep yourself safe. Be aware of your personal belongs, your drinks, your journey home and your personal safety.”

Other advice includes trying to stick to well-lit streets and avoiding deserted parks and dark alleys.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) has also urged caution following a 36.2% hike in the number of calls in Suffolk over the festive season compared to last year.

Dr Nick Morton, EEAS medical director, said: “Our staff have been very busy in often difficult circumstances, giving up their own festive celebrations to help others, and have managed extremely well. My thanks go out to them.”

Police officers are also asking landowners and the occupiers of isolated farm buildings and commercial premises to check security as New Year can be a key time for illegal raves.

Preparations are often made in advance of such events with sound systems and similar equipment being moved in at an early stage.

Norfolk and Suffolk police are working together to take action against those planning this type of event and are warning that they will prosecute those involved.

Anyone with information about a potential crime should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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