Police team up with local councils to prevent anti-social behaviour at Oulton Broad's Nicholas Everitt Park
Police are working with partner organisations to prevent anti-social behaviour in Oulton Broad's Nicholas Everitt Park this summer, following a number of incidents there last year.
A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said the force is teaming up with East Suffolk Council, Oulton Broad Parish Council and the Nicholas Everitt Park Trust to address potential hotspot areas at the park.
It comes after a series of incidents there last summer, including a serious assault that left a man in his 20s with two broken eye sockets and a broken nose on June 24 - which prompted a police appeal for witnesses at the time.
It was after these incidents that Oulton Broad Parish Council announced that they had recruited security guards to patrol Nicholas Everitt Park in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour later that month.
In a statement at the time, the council said that in recent weeks it had been 'very sad to see the growing problems' in the park, with 'anti-social behaviour, the use of drink and drugs, vandalism to property and verbal and physical attacks on people'.
"They have already handled numerous incidents, dispersed those causing problems before the situation escalates and, working with the police, dealt with larger incidents," the statement added.
And now, police and the local authorities are hoping to stamp out anti-social behaviour ahead of the peak of summer.
PC Claire Bodmer said: "We are keen to look at ways we can help to maintain the safety of those enjoying the park and prevent any anti-social behaviour.
"Police will take any necessary steps to deter ASB and enforce the law where needed.”
The work aims to ensure the park, which is managed by the Nicholas Everitt Park Trust supported by Oulton Broad Parish Council, 'remains an area everyone can enjoy'.
A member of the trust said: "We have a unique and wonderful park here in Oulton Broad, its beautiful grounds and facilities make for a great place to relax and spend time with friends and family.
"We are pleased to be working together with the Police and councils to ensure it remains an area everyone can enjoy."
East Suffolk Council will help with implementing certain measures.
Rachel Tucker, from the council, said: "Nicholas Everitt Park is a fantastic place to be and should not be spoiled by an inconsiderate minority.
"We want to make sure it remains safe and enjoyed by all throughout the summer."