Be Prepared, Take Care and Stay Safe this Christmas

Public Health and NHS




Suffolk Public Health
and NHS tells us that last year winter was difficult for the health system across England, and Suffolk was no exception. For years health systems have seen increasing numbers of people who are living better for longer. This also means there are more people with several long term conditions.

There are a number of things you can do, or help someone you care for to do, to ensure that you don’t get caught out this winter:

  • Be prepared – stock up with cold remedies, pain killers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, stave off upset stomachs with anti-diarrhoea and rehydration mixtures, and keep plasters and bandages on hand for any cuts or scrapes.
  • Check your smoke alarms – with the Christmas preparations in full swing, don’t forget to ensure that your smoke alarms are in working order.
  • Get a flu vaccination – it will keep you from having a long recovery from this nasty illness, so book an appointment to get one if you haven’t already. People aged 65 or over, or have a long-term health condition or are pregnant are entitled to a free jab.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly – for the time it takes you to sing happy birthday through twice, use hot water and soap to wash away all kinds of viruses from colds and diarrhoea to so much more.
  • Seek help from your pharmacist – they are qualified health professionals who can advise on everything from a cold to long-term conditions.  This is often the best and quickest way to get well. Your pharmacist will let you know if a GP appointment is required. Pharmacies are one of the most accessible sources of advice, with many open long hours incl. evenings and weekends. Here are the Norfolk and Suffolk christmas-and-new-year-pharmacy-opening-times
  • Eat well and drink at least eight cups of fluids a day – it keeps your brain and body working well.
  • Keep your home warm – By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18° – 21°C or 64°- 70°F) you can keep you well, especially avoiding chest infections. If you have a disability, are over 65 or live with children aged under 5 ring this local rate number for free advice on heating your home. 03456 037 686
  • Not feeling well – If you are unsure if you need urgent or emergency care, please call NHS 111 – trained professionals are on hand to guide you.
  • Beat the winter blues – talk to someone. Talk about your anxieties with someone else, a friend, relative or a group such as the Samaritans. Talking about the things that are worrying you can make a big difference. It is easy to get help from the Suffolk Wellbeing Service too. This is a free NHS service, suitable for people aged 16 + living in Suffolk. You can phone them on 0300 123 1781 or refer yourself via their website.

Do you have any Elderly and Vulnerable Neighbours?

Are you able to spend a few minutes to ensure that: On their own

  • they are not alone all the time
  • their paths are clear of snow and ice
  • they have plenty of food in
  • they are warm enough
  • they have sufficient medication to get through the holiday period
  • if they can use the internet, that they know where to look for information and support

Further information and support over the Christmas and New Year Period

Visiting friends and family this Christmas, or just venturing out, keep up to date with the latest road, rail and weather news.



Police Connect

Police Connect





Do you like to keep up-to-date with issues, events and meetings in your area? Yes, then this could be for you.

Police Connect is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail, text or phone.

There is no charge for this service – all messages you receive are free.

You can register to receive information about the issues that most matter to you and be among the first to be alerted by police in the case of an emergency affecting your area.

There is a simple online process which takes only a couple of minutes and will ensure you get regular updates on crime and public appeals, safety advice and meetings and events. There is the option to receive information about a range of specific interest areas – such as ‘rural’ or ‘rivers and coastal’ – as well as updates for business owners and news from your Police and Crime Commissioner. The choice is yours.

For more information and details on how to Register go to the Suffolk Police Website.

Staying Safe on a night out

We want people to enjoy themselves on a night out or at a party with their friends. However in partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced a number of ‘Staying Safe’ messages. A summary of the main points are below.

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you are likely to feel disorientated and you cannot always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is fully charged before going out.

Look After Your Valuables

Unfortunately thefts do happen so:

  • Don’t leave things of value visible inside in your car, put them out of sight in the boot
  • Make sure you lock your vehicle
  • Don’t leave handbags/shopping bags unattended
  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket

Moderate your alcohol consumptionCheers

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So be mindful of what and how much you are drinking. Don’t ruin your enjoyment by overdoing it.

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Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation. Plan your journey home.

Whos Taking You Home

Staying Safe at Outside Events – August 2015

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice from Get Safe Online.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in and around Suffolk in 2015. Some of the events in August include:

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In partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. The issues raised are relevant for all outside events.

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

  • Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
    “Think Again before you drink another drop”
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
  • Spiking:  never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
  • Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

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If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime. Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Revitalised

Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association (SNWA) is seeking to revitalise NW schemes in Suffolk.SNW

A new SNWA committee has been established and wishes to provide the 1,300 schemes that exist in Suffolk with a service and advice that ensure the NW concept is expanded and makes for a safer society.


On Saturday 1st November SNWA is holding an event at Police Headquarters Martlesham under the banner ‘Improving Neighbourhood Watch in Suffolk’. This event is open to all existing members, coordinators and those wishing to start their own scheme.

SNWA Chairman Gary Gascoyne says “These are exciting times for NW schemes and those seeking to start their own. Suffolk like all police forces is undergoing deep cuts in budgets but is committed to maintaining and promoting our NW schemes as we all realise we have a part to play in keeping our county safe and low in crime. Come along and hear how we are launching a revitalised association and learn how progressive schemes operate sucessfully.”

A new website has been launched and gives details of the November event and registration.

For Further information contact:

Gary Gascoyne, Chairman, Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association
07595 343231

Tony Allen, Publicity Officer, Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association
07838 872450

Good Neighbours Cut Crime

Appeal following businesses burgled in Rougham

Police are appealing for information after three business premises in Rougham were targeted by burglars. The incidents took place overnight between Tuesday 8 July and yesterday, Wednesday 9 July, at the Industrial Estate.

The first burglary involved a rear door being smashed through and items including a CCTV hard drive were stolen along with a yellow and red Vauxhall Movano van, registration number AY02 KLM, which was driven out through a roller shutter door opened from the inside.

The stolen Vauxhall Movano was then used in carrying out the second break-in, where the van was driven into a secure yard after the padlock was cut off a set of gates.

A door into the building was then forced and numerous tools and electrical equipment were stolen, along with a black Porsche Carrera which was inside – registration number 864 DOF.

The final incident saw the offenders cutting a fence to enter another yard and then try to force their way in through a window, but were prevented from gaining access due to metal bars being in place on the inside.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area; who believes they may have seen the stolen vehicles; or who has any information relating to these incidents; is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting reference BR/14/477, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Business owners are advised to regularly review the security of their premises, ensuring that: Perimeter and building security is robust and of a good standard – this includes fences, gates, doors, windows and locks; and intruder alarms and CCTV systems are in good working order – it is advised that CCTV hard drives are concealed and kept within a secure unit inside the building.

Anyone wishing for further security or crime prevention advice is advised to visit the ‘Business Safety’ section of our website or contact their local Crime Reduction Officer on 101.

Community Speed Watch

The Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative allows members of the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively involved in road safety, monitoring speeds at safe locations with speed detection equipment.

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The aim of the CSW initiative is to address the problem of speeding through a partnership of the police the local community, parish councils and other partners.

The aim of the initiative is NOT to catch as many speeding drivers as possible. It is to reduce speed in areas of concern, make drivers aware that excessive speed is socially unacceptable, re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding, and address concerns from local residents about cars speeding through their neighbourhoods.

Police forces across the country implementing Community Speed Watch can show a reduction in overall average speeds, and a significant reduction in drivers travelling well above the speed limit.

  • Suffolk Constabulary fully supports Community Speed Watch (CSW) and it is our intention to develop schemes working with Roadsafe partners across the county to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Suffolk roads.
  • Speed is:
     – a contributory factor to both fatal and serious injury collisions
    – a major factor in preventing people from enjoying the environment they have
    chosen to live in
    – has an impact on the lives of people within local communities
    – also contributes to severity of any road traffic collision
  •  CSW schemes have been shown to have an impact on driver behaviour and reductions in the speed of vehicles.
  • Suffolk Constabulary along with partners are committed to achieving casualty reduction targets.  It is not possible to carry out speed enforcement checks in every community that would like them on a regular basis.  Indeed, having to prioritise resources means that some communities that have concerns over speeding vehicles without a corresponding collision record may be unlikely to receive regular levels of enforcement.
  • Trained volunteers verify and record the registration numbers of offending vehicles with the details being forwarded to Suffolk Police who will send warning letters.
  • What are the benefits?
      Fewer fatalities and serious injury collisions on Suffolk roads
    Ø  Increase in road safety awareness by and for all road users
    Ø  Enhancing the role of community members as volunteers
    Ø  Raise awareness of anti-social road use

For more information about Community Speed Watch, check out the Suffolk Police Website.