Police have busy night for Halloween

SUFFOLK Police experienced a busier night than usual yesterday for Halloween with dozens of anti-social behaviour incidents reported.

SUFFOLK Police experienced a busier night than usual yesterday for Halloween with dozens of anti-social behaviour incidents reported.

However despite the 55 calls received which were directly attributed to Halloween incidents, Inspector Bruce Gent at Suffolk Police insists the majority of people were sensible and enjoyed the evening.

The Force Operations Room reported fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence and disorder around pubs and clubs last night yet there were more cases of eggs being thrown and rowdy teenagers.

Between 6am yesterday and 6am today, there were 733 events logged compared to the 400 or 500 events on a usual Friday night.


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Inspector Gent said: “It would be reasonable to assume that the higher than usual number of events is attributable to Halloween. “Between 7pm last night and 7am this morning, 55 events were directly attributable to Halloween. The problems were mainly egg-throwing and rowdy groups of youths. There were several reports around Ipswich of fireworks being thrown.

“Officers on patrol were supported by Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and 138 members of the Special Constabulary, who made a real difference and provided resilience to respond to the extra events. They were able to provide additional reassurance to the public on a night out in town centres as well as to communities as children and young people went trick or treating.

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“There were no significant Halloween-related incidents and no Halloween-related arrests. Overall, whilst it was a busy night it seems the majority of people heeded our advice to enjoy themselves, respect others and stay safe on Halloween.”

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