Police Remind Public to Stay Safe over the Festive Period

With the busy festive period approaching, police are reminding members of the public to stay safe whilst out enjoying themselves.

Police work all year round with partners from the local authorities, the health service and others, to create a safe night time environment for those enjoying the areas’ nightlife.

Officers will be out on patrol over the weekend and upcoming bank holidays, including Boxing Day and New Year, and would encourage people to think about planning their nights out by arranging their plans to get home, staying together in groups so as not to get separated from friends and keeping a close eye on drinks.

The overall aim is to create a fun and safe environment for everyone socialising in Cleveland’s town centres.

Sergeant Paul Higgins, from the Licensing Support Unit, said: “Police and partners want people to enjoy themselves whilst staying safe over the festive period.

“I would encourage people not to overindulge in alcohol too much and to have plans in place for the evening, such as where to meet should someone be separated from the group, make plans to get home in advance such as booking a licensed taxi,and put aside enough money to pay the fare, let someone know what time you will be home and keep a close eye on drinks.

“Many staff from emergency services will be working over the festive period and will be on hand to assist should someone need it, but we ask that the people of Cleveland help us to keep them as safe as we possibly can.”