Stay safe over the Christmas party season
05 Dec 2016 13:36 PM[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police is urging people to stay safe as they go out and enjoy themselves during the Christmas party season.
It's the time of year when festive party-goers go for their Christmas nights-out to pubs and bars in towns and villages across the region.
Now police in Northumberland and North Tyneside are issuing a timely reminder to festive party-goers to take care and stay safe this Christmas.
Over the next few weeks groups of friends, families and work colleagues will be going out enjoy parties in pubs, clubs and restaurants.
There will be extra officers patrolling across the busy weekends to make sure revellers stay safe and officers are keen to get the message across that people should plan in advance to ensure their night is a safe one.
Chief Inspector Steve Readdie said: "We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time in our region this Christmas and that means if you're drinking on a night out then you need to make sure you plan in advance how to get home safely.
"It's good advice for people to pre-book a taxi to make sure they know how they are getting home. Everyone also needs to look out for their friends and stick together, don't let people in your group wander off on their own, especially if they're a bit worse for wear.
But if you do get separated from your friends arrange a safe meeting place everyone can find.
"We advise people to store an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in their phone and keep some cash in an alternative place, in case you lose your purse or wallet and need some in an emergency.
"We want everyone going out to have an enjoyable time and to get home safely afterwards, look after yourself and your friends and stay safe this Christmas."