Police are appealing for witnesses following reports from local residents hearing a disturbance at the local Sports and Social hall in the village.
On Sunday evening 21st July, at 11.40pm offender(s) have forced a gate to gain access to the club site. Three tables were turned over, waste bins had been knocked over emptying the contents in the field, and two windows were smashed.
Can you help?
Anyone with information should contact police, quoting crime reference 37/42941/19 –
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Email – PC 909 Hudson – William.HUDSON1@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
Crimestoppers – anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here
Phone – call 101
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999
As Latitude 2019 approaches, police are asking those visiting the festival to think about their safety and the security of their possessions ahead of their arrival on the site.
The music and arts festival takes place between Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 July this year and police are urging those visiting to plan ahead to ensure they enjoy the event and have a crime-free experience.
The number of people attending the event each year means Latitude has a population equivalent to the size of a small town and, with the setting, the chance to see a variety of acts, and a relaxed atmosphere it can be easy to forget about safety and security. This can make it attractive to those keen to take advantage of visitors lowering their guard.
While only a small number of incidents were reported to police last year – mainly thefts - officers are keen to ensure crime on the site remains low again this year.
The main crime at music festivals across the UK tends to be thefts from tents on campsites. Phones, laptops, tablets and cash are typically the most stolen items. In previous years there have been a number of such offences, many on the first night of the festival when it’s likely that criminals target tents on the assumption that those camping are settling in, have not made plans for their security and may have withdrawn cash to see them through the weekend.
Other thefts have occurred while festivalgoers had their attention diverted while they were watching performances. This included instances where people had camera equipment stolen from near their feet, thefts from bags that were being carried and items stolen from pockets.
You should also bear in mind your personal safety. Meeting new people can be a fun part of the festival experience but going off alone with someone you’ve just met, particularly if alcohol is also involved, can also make you vulnerable.
With this in mind, police are asking you to think about security before you head to the site and to consider a few simple pieces of advice that should help to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.
You are asked to report any suspicious activity to security or stewards on site or, in an emergency, if you believe a crime is in progress, dial 999.
Police are also reminding motorists that there may be some delays on the A12 near Henham as thousands of festival goers flock to the site. While measures put in place on the site last year saw a dramatic reduction in the traffic delays experienced in previous years, particularly on the Thursday and Friday afternoon and evenings, there is still the possibility that traffic will be slow-moving along the A12, particularly between Yoxford and the site.
Police are advising drivers to leave extra time for your journey and if you can avoid the area please do so. If you’re heading to the site you may also wish to consider public transport options, as buses are laid on from local railway stations to the site.
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