Top cop's warning to drunken thugs

One of the county's top police officers today warned drunken thugs they will face the full force of the law during the festive season.

SUFFOLK: One of the county's top police officers today warned drunken thugs they will face the full force of the law during the festive season.

Temporary assistant chief constable Stewart Gull said although officers want people to enjoy themselves, additional personnel will be deployed to crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence.

Mr Gull said: “We are going to have extra officers patrolling across Suffolk. Last December we had to make just under 600 arrests in Suffolk for alcohol-related offences, a little down on 2007. I would like to see that reduced further this year.

“People need to think about the consequences of drinking to much alcohol. It can have a permanent impact on the individual, family, friends and employment.

“We want people to have a good time, but we want them to be safe. If they choose to cross the line my officers won't hesitate to take direct enforcement that will include arrests.

“An �80 fixed penalty can be pretty sobering and it will be issued on the spot. Anyone causing trouble puts themselves at risk of being arrested and spending the night in custody.”

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Mr Gull said police were particularly keen for victims of domestic abuse to come forward.

He said: “Do not be afraid to report domestic violence. We know, sadly, at this time of year there can sometimes be more pressure in households than perhaps at other times of the year.

“Partners spend more time together and there may be other pressures in the home - sometimes financial, sometimes linked to the consumption of alcohol - that can turn to domestic abuse, sometimes even on a child.

“People must not be afraid to contact us.”

Revellers enjoying the Christmas parties and celebrations should also be aware of the dangers of losing their inhibitions or being more cavalier than they would normally be.

Mr Gull said: “What we want is for people to drink sensibly and have a good time, but don't put yourself at risk.”

Police stress females in particular should not walk home alone and stay with friends.

Are you concerned at booze-fuelled violence in Ipswich town centre? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk