Summer offers - at police station

IPSWICH police have today relaunched their quirky Lock 'Em Inn campaign with an added summer spin.Officers are inviting anyone who commits a criminal offence to enjoy a summer break at their cells.

IPSWICH police have today relaunched their quirky Lock 'Em Inn campaign with an added summer spin.

Officers are inviting anyone who commits a criminal offence to enjoy a summer break at their cells.

The “Summer Deals” promise to give customers a “unique atmosphere where the lack of natural light only adds to the ambience”.

Visitors are told to expect “lovingly reheated packet meals and a wipe clean PVC mattress” and are promised a “beautifully paved yard to stroll around in”.


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The highlight of the relaunched campaign is a specially designed postcard, written home from a prisoner.

It reads: “Having an awful time at the 'Lock'em Inn'. I'm spending my time lounging on the PVC mattress. There's no pool, but I'm very close to the toilet.

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“Looks like I'll have to stay another night so they can take me to court in the morning. All the best,

wish I wasn't here.”

Police vehicles will also carry their own twist of the Baby on Board signs with yellow signs in the back of vehicles reading Zero Tolerance Officer on Board and a banner will go up at Ipswich police station advertising the summer deals.

“Menus” will also be displayed in pubs, advertising the cost of bad behaviour.

Alongside the prices of beer and vodka, the cost of being drunk and disorderly or causing vandalism are listed as £80 - the cost of a fixed penalty notice.

The posters also make it clear that racist chanting will result in arrest.

The Lock 'Em Inn promotion forms part of Suffolk police's Summer of Zero Tolerance campaign which will see officers intervening early to prevent disturbances.

It follows a successful scheme over the Christmas and New Year period when serious alcohol related crime dropped.

Chief Inspector Alan Caton, District Commander for Ipswich said: “This campaign has a bit of a sense of humour to it but there is a very serious message and it is basically around setting acceptable standards of behaviour.

“In the summer months with the longer nights and the build up to the World Cup, we want people to go out and enjoy themselves and not have their evenings spoilt by people who want to cause trouble.”

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