New Year revellers urged to be safe

NEW Year's Eve partygoers are today being urged to have an enjoyable night - and to make sure they make arrangements to get home safely.

NEW Year's Eve partygoers are today being urged to have an enjoyable night - and to make sure they make arrangements to get home safely.

Suffolk police wants those celebrating to have a good time, but they will target the minority intent on causing trouble.

Additional officers will be out on patrol across the county in a bid to tackle problems before they escalate and to try to make sure the majority can enjoy a good night out.

Officers will be looking to target those drinking and driving and anyone whose unacceptable behaviour is a nuisance to others.

Superintendent John Everett said: “While New Year's Eve is traditionally good-natured, too much alcohol can sometimes lead to problems, such as anti-social behaviour and disorder.

“Consuming too much alcohol can also make you more vulnerable. If you are planning a night out please think about your safety - try to stay with your friends and make arrangements to get home after the festivities.

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“This could be by appointing a designated driver, booking a taxi or using public transport.”

General safety advice includes:

Always letting someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Try to stick to busy well-lit streets and avoid deserted parks and dark alleys - even if it means taking the longer way home.

Think about what you would do if you felt threatened - the best idea is to head for a public place where you know there will be other people, for example a pub or garage.

Officers are also asking landowners and local residents to report any suspicious activity as New Year can be a key time for illegal raves.

Norfolk and Suffolk Police are working together to take action against those planning this type of event and - as recently demonstrated by the jailing of individuals following an illegal rave at Kings Forest in Thetford - police and the criminal justice system will prosecute those involved.

Officers are asking anyone spotting large groups of vehicles gathering or driving in convoy or any other suspicious activity to call police immediately on 999.

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