Police Issue Safety Advice for Revellers over Festive Period

In the run up to the busy festive period, when members of the public are out socialising, police are reminding people to stay safe whilst out enjoying themselves.

At this time of year, police and partner agencies including local authorities and the heath service and others, want to help create a safe night time environment for those out enjoying the nightlife across the Force area.

Officers and emergency service partners will be out on patrol over the coming festive period including Boxing Day and New Year with the aim of creating a fun and safe environment for those out socialising.

Police would encourage people to plan their night out by arranging their plans to get home including ordering taxis or lifts and keeping a close eye on drinks.

Sergeant Paul Higgins, from Cleveland Police Licensing Support Unit, said: “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time over the festive period, and by taking time to plan your night out then things are less likely to go wrong.

“I would urge people to take care of themselves and their friends over the Christmas period. Take time to plan your night including booking taxis and arranging lifts home. Keep money aside to pay for that taxi ride home and ensure that friends don’t get separated and left behind. Don’t drink to excess and look after your valuables, keys and phone, we don’t want you to become a victim of crime.

“Our emergency services are very busy at this time of year and they will be on duty and around to assist should someone need it, but we ask that people help us to keep them as safe as we possibly can.”