Public disorder falls by more than 8pc in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 16:54 31 December 2012

Extra Police officers will be patrolling the streets of Lowestoft during the festive period.

PC Jon France and PC Jacqueline Abbott.

Extra Police officers will be patrolling the streets of Lowestoft during the festive period. PC Jon France and PC Jacqueline Abbott.

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New figures show a significant fall in violent crime and public disorder incidents across Lowestoft, Waveney and Suffolk as a whole.

The latest figures show Suffolk and Waveney have seen a decrease in the number of incidents, as has Waveney, in the latest seven-month period.

They come as police work with partner agencies to try and make sure people enjoy going out at nights.

The figures show Suffolk has recorded 5,081 incidents from April 1 to November 30 this year – 8.3pc down on the same period last year or 460 fewer incidents.

Of these just under half – 2,447 – were violence without injury, while 236 fell into the most serious violent crime category.

Over the Safer Neighbourhood Team areas in Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Southwold and Halesworth there were 937 incidents recorded between April 1 and November 30 – 439 of which were violence without injury and 40 were in the most serious violent crime category. This equates to a 17pc drop.

Public disorder incidents are also showing a drop across the board.

Insp Anthony Bridgland, who oversees this area of policing in Lowestoft, said: “We have a plan which sets out how we police the night time economy to allow those visiting the town to have a safe and enjoyable night out in Lowestoft and reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder.

“Within this we deploy officers on foot outside our key venues and task them to engage with members of the public and to intervene at an early stage in any incidents of disorder.

“We have good relationships with local venues and with our partners such as the Town Pastors and Waveney District Council licensing department which means we work as a team to tackle issues,” Insp Bridgland added.

“This includes everything from ensuring venues adhere to their agreed licensing conditions to dealing with individuals in the right way whether they are vulnerable through drink and need looking after or are being violent to others and need to be arrested.

“The Lowestoft night time economy plan is working well and has contributed to a reduction in violent crime,” he added.

Force Supt Martin Ransome, who has been overseeing the policing of the night time economy across the county over the festive period, said: “It is not our intention to ruin anyone’s night out by using our powers but to encourage party goers to have fun sensibly.

“By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.”

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