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Locals follow Halloween advice

PUBLISHED: 10:43 01 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 05 July 2010

A BUSIER night than usual has been policed in Suffolk for Halloween - but people followed advice and there were no major incidents or arrests.

Friday nights are always busy for the force with large numbers of people out in the town centres across the county - however the Force Operations Room reported fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence and disorder around pubs and clubs last night.

A BUSIER night than usual has been policed in Suffolk for Halloween - but people followed advice and there were no major incidents or arrests.

Friday nights are always busy for the force with large numbers of people out in the town centres across the county - however the Force Operations Room reported fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence and disorder around pubs and clubs last night.

Between 6am on Friday, October 31 and 6am on Saturday, November 1, 733 events were created by Suffolk Constabulary to respond to calls, which is higher than usual for a Friday, where event volumes are normally in the 400s or 500s.

Inspector Bruce 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,” he added.

“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.

“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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