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No prospect of civil unrest spreading to Suffolk, say police.

Wednesday, 10th August 2011.

Police have moved to dispel rumours circulating on social media that civil unrest might occur in Suffolk towns.

Although they have back-up measures in place just in case, Suffolk police said there was no evidence that anything like what has happened in London could occur locally, and urged businesses to carry on as usual.

It was a case of ‘business as usual’ overnight also for the county's police themselves as the constabulary continues to provide support to the Metropolitan Police in response to the civil unrest in London and other parts of the country.

Riot-trained Haverhill officers have been among those drafted into London to support the Metropolitan Police effort to deal with the disturbances.

The force has kept in place additional resources to ensure that they can deal with any copycat occurrences, but as yet these have not been needed.

Asst Chief Constable Paul Marshall said: “We are extremely pleased with the way the public has re-acted to our earlier messages. Overnight there was a strong sense of calm and we intend this to remain the same.”

Police would like to dispel fictitious and malicious rumours, which are circulating, particularly on social networking sites about disorder on the streets of Suffolk.

Mr Marshall added: “We understand how distressing these rumours must be to residents of Suffolk and can assure people there is no substance in them.

"Our stance remains the same as yesterday - we have sufficient police officers to maintain a high-profile presence while at the same time assisting the Metropolitan Police.

"We would urge retailers to adopt a business as usual approach to opening hours following reports some shops closed early yesterday.

“Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be providing re-assurance patrols conveying the message to residents and businesses that there is no intelligence to suggest that a repeat of what has occurred in London and elsewhere is likely to happen locally.

“Where possible, PCSOs, Special Constables and police officers will be spending additional time in their neighbourhoods, talking to local people.

"By working together, Norfolk and Suffolk have sufficient police officers and PCSOs to look after their communities as well as assisting other forces.”

Suffolk chief officers remain in close liaison with each other and have also agreed for Police Support Unit resources to be kept available locally for deployment to wherever they are required should any disorder occur locally.

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