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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Police across Suffolk dealt with three times more emergency calls than on a usual evening but say New Year’s Eve passed off without any major incidents.
Officers in the county constabulary control room handled 520 calls overnight – around 370 of them 999 calls – as people celebrated the New Year with parties at home and out and about in pubs, clubs and other venues.
Between midnight and 6pm today Suffolk Police had dealt with 261 calls compared with 62 over the same period yesterday.
A police spokesman said there had been no major crime incidents and the higher call numbers, which always happen on New Year’s Eve and are reflected nationally for the force and other emergency services, were due to more people being up and about.
He said: “The calls are mainly connected to the night-time economy, more people being out and about, people coming across things on their way home, but nothing of great significance.”
Officers across Essex also had a busy New Year’s Eve as expected, arresting just over 100 people for mainly domestic assaults, neighbour dispute and town centre scuffles – all fuelled by alcohol consumption.
A police spokesman said: “This scene was witnessed across all districts in the county.”
Police in Norfolk dealt with 35 public order incidents and 52 domestic incidents on New Year’s Eve but said it was a quieter night than last year’s celebrations.
The force control room took 554 calls, which was a fall of about 17pc on last year, when there were 665 calls.
In terms of 999 emergency calls, there were almost 100 less than last year, with 274 received.