Suffolk: No rioting - but extra officers remain on patrol

Extra police officers deployed to Suffolk streets amid rumours of planned rioting will remain patrolling today.

Dozens of Special Constables, officers and police community support officers bolstered regular staff numbers last night after violent looting spread from London to other towns and cities all over England.

However, despite rumours circulating on social networking websites Suffolk Constabulary has reported there has been no rioting in the county.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Marshall said: “We are extremely pleased with the way the public has reacted to our earlier messages. Overnight there was a strong sense of calm and we intend this to remain the same.”

ACC Marshall also dispelled rumours riots are being planned for Ipswich.

“We understand how distressing these rumours must be to residents of Suffolk and can assure people there is no substance in them,” he said.

“Our stance remains the same as yesterday - we have sufficient police officers to maintain a high-profile presence whilst at the same time assisting the Metropolitan Police.”

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He added: “Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be providing reassurance patrols conveying the message to residents and businesses there is no intelligence to suggest a repeat of what has occurred in London and elsewhere is likely to happen locally.”

“Where possible, PCSOs, Special Constables and police officers will be spending additional time in their neighbourhoods, talking to local people.”