Increased police patrols this weekend for ‘busiest weekend of Christmas’

Police have thanked the public for their help

Police have thanked the public for their help

Police will wear body cameras to show people how their actions could make themselves vulnerable when partying this festive season.

Suffolk police will have an increased presence in town centre hotspots this weekend, with pubs, clubs and bars expecting it to be one of the busiest of the festive period.

Working alongside the British Red Cross, the Suffolk Police Proactive Licensing Team (PLT) will be holding vulnerability impact nights in Ipswich on Friday and Bury St Edmunds on Saturday. Anyone found to be in need of help will be looked after for the rest of the evening, whether they require medical treatment, sobering-up, or getting home safely.

Officers will be wearing body-cams whilst dealing with vulnerable individuals, and the footage will be shown back to them at a later date to highlight how their behaviour could have put their own safety at risk.

As part of its “give the gift of safety” campaign, Suffolk Police is urging people to take care of friends, family members and colleagues whilst celebrating Christmas, particularly anyone who gets too drunk or separated from the group to ensure that they get home safely.

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County policing commander, chief superintendent David Skevington, said: “The message from police is simple – have fun and enjoy yourselves, but take care of one another. Looking out for the safety of a friend or relative is a duty we all share this Christmas.

“If you recognise that someone has had too much alcohol and is making themselves vulnerable, then don’t let them go off alone. Sober them up if you can and help arrange for them to get home safely.”

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Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore added: “As the festive season builds up, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect and suggest that we all make a bit more effort to take extra care of those close to us. Whether it’s by looking after each other on a night out or keeping an eye on an elderly neighbour, let’s all try to keep each other safe by spreading a little Christmas cheer.

“My message is two-fold, have fun but keep safe.”

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