Police out and about over Christmas

Police across Cleveland are finalising plans for over the holiday period, including policing the festive Orange Pip Market in Middlesbrough on Christmas Eve.

As part of these plans, and in line with national threat levels, some of the officers on duty over Christmas and the New Year will be armed. This is not unusual and police are telling the public in advance so they don’t worry.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “People who have been out shopping in recent years in Newcastle or Leeds, London or Edinburgh, will know that it’s far more common these days to see armed officers out and about on patrol. If you’re on social media you’ll know just how approachable these officers are, especially up in Newcastle where they are often pictured chatting to shoppers, having pictures taken with younger children and generally being – as police should be – approachable and friendly.

“This Sunday, Christmas Eve, the town centre will potentially be pretty busy and we’ll have a number of officers out and about at the Orange Pip Market as we do every year and some of them will be armed. This doesn’t mean we have a specific threat, it’s just that that nationally we are at a heightened threat level and this means that all police forces have a duty to make sure their planning is appropriate.

“So, if you’re at the Orange Pip Market please be sure to say hello to our officers who are away from their families on Christmas Eve and would no doubt welcome a Merry Christmas or two – especially if it’s cold!”