Police busy but without major incidents on New Year’s Eve in Waveney

Suffolk police face a high volume of calls requiring an immediate or priority response Picture: RACH

Suffolk police face a high volume of calls requiring an immediate or priority response Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

Police in Waveney praised the public after no major incidents were reported in the area on New Year's Eve.

Suffolk police received 10% more emergency calls this year than in 2017 Picture: ARCHANT

Suffolk police received 10% more emergency calls this year than in 2017 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: ARCHANT

As always, the night was expected to be among the busiest in the calendar for the emergency services, with Suffolk Police dealing with 50pc more calls than usual.

With extra patrols deployed across the county, officers in Waveney remained busy, but without serious emergencies.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: 'It was a busy night in Waveney but we had no major disorders reported, and it was very run of the mill, which was helped by the fact we had extra patrols across the county.'

Suffolk Police dealt with a total of 391 emergency calls in the county in the 24 hours from 7am on December 31 to January 1, with 20pc of those urgent 'Grade A' responses.

One in five emergency calls were Grade A, meaning they required an immediate response Picture: ARCHA

One in five emergency calls were Grade A, meaning they required an immediate response Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: ARCHANT


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The total was a 10pc increase on the number of 999 calls recorded in the same time frame last year, where police picked up the phone to 361 emergency reports.

It is also 50pc higher than the average number of calls received in a 24 hour period, which the police estimate at 254.

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Meanwhile, the number of urgent calls – those which require an immediate response – increased by more than 50pc, from 50 this time last year, to 76 in 2018.

It comes shortly after a leading officer claimed police are being left increasingly stretched by a huge volume of incoming calls demanding their immediate attention – leaving less time for routine patrols.

Supt Kerry Cutler from Suffolk Constabulary said 'policing is more complex than ever,' and encouraged members of the public to report non-urgent crimes using the force's website as each of those calls could then take anywhere between minutes and hours to resolve depending on the circumstances.

She said: 'It's not as easy as sending a police officer out sometimes. There are a huge variety of calls coming in that police are having to manage and respond to on top of everything else.

'I really understand why people would like to see more police officers on every corner but we're not in a position to be able to do that.'

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