A new record may well have been set for Haverhill over the Christmas period after the town’s police had no reported crime incidents to deal with at all on Boxing Day.
It seems that the ‘season of good will’ was a sensibility adhered to by almost all in the town, even those who may normally be less law abiding, as just one affray and one common assault were dealt with by police between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
Inspector Peter Ferrie, from Haverhill Police, said: “There was no night-time economy crime at all on Christmas Eve or any crime whatsoever on Boxing Day, which is the first time I can remember Haverhill having no crime at all on any given day.”
One common assault was reported outside Bar Vu in the early hours of Sunday, December 28 and an affray, in which the victim was racially abused and their face spat on, was also reported in the same location at 3.55am on New Years Day.
The alleged offender for the affray is now on police bail.
Insp Ferrie added: “An affray and a common assault in that entire holiday period where a lot of people are at home drinking and a lot of people are out drinking - that’s exceptionally quiet.”
Although so little crime was reported in public places there were more domestic incidents for the police to deal with over the holiday period.
Insp Ferrie put the statistic down to more people deciding to stay at home and drink rather than go out because it is much cheaper to do so.
The end of the festive period has also meant that Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) now has a new policing priority.
At the SNT public meeting on December 8 their three priorities were set for the following three months.
One priority adopted was for police to clampdown on festive anti-social behaviour through patrols and work in the community.
Now that priority has closed, Ins Ferrie has replaced it with a new one.
The new priority will see officers focus on issues of anti-social behaviour, such as fly tipping, noise and public nuisance by residents of multi-occupancy properties owned by the same person in Harewood Terrace, Linton Place and Glemsford Place.