Extra patrols as Aldeburgh carnival approaches

The beach at Aldeburgh. Credit: PA Images

Suffolk Police are set for a busy August in Aldeburgh and will be putting on extra patrols as the carnival period approaches.

Traditionally crime in the popular resort rises in the weeks around the Aldeburgh Carnival, and additional resources are dedicated to police the town.

This year officers have also been working behind the scenes to put in place a number of measures aimed at tackling drunken and disorderly behaviour, and will be pro-actively dealing with anyone causing trouble.

Leiston & Aldeburgh Safer Neighbourhood Team sergeant Mark Beresford said while last year had been generally one of the quietest Augusts for the town the influx of people to the area during the carnival period meant it was busy with a host of challenges for police.

"Last year there were a number of alcohol-related issues following the carnival and excessive drinking was one of things members of the public highlighted to officers as being of concern. This was also a contributory factor in several violent incidents.

"This year we have spoken to licensees and will be working with licensed premises to encourage responsible retailing during this period.

"We will be highlighting to staff that they shouldn't be serving those who have clearly already had too much to drink and will have a police presence in the area to deter disorderly behaviour."

The aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour, particularly in the seafront area, and to support this all street lighting will be left on overnight during this period.