EXTRA police will be on the streets of Sunderland tonight in a bid to stamp out bank holiday troublemakers.
With thousands expected to descend on the city centre’s pubs and clubs, officers are gearing up for one of their biggest weekends of the year.
And those who get out of control are being warned to expect a night in the cells.
Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Sunderland Area Commander, said: “Our officers already work closely with pubs and clubs to promote responsible drinking and this weekend will be no exception.
“We want people to come and enjoy Sunderland’s vibrant nightlife, but we don’t want high spirits spilling over into disorder and ruining the fun for others. Where this happens, we won’t hesitate in intervening.
“We will also continue to work alongside the city’s Pubwatch scheme which can ban those who commit violent offences from licensed premises and share information on any potential problems or troublemakers.
“We understand people want to have a good time over the extended Bank Holiday weekend but we would ask them to act sensibly and have respect for others, including local residents.”
Police are also working closely with door supervisors at popular venues to prevent underage drinkers and troublemakers entering the premises. A number of fake IDs have already been seized from under-18s trying to get into pubs and clubs.
The extra patrols also support the Northumbria Police campaign ‘Keys, money, phone, plans to get home?’ campaign which aims to boost personal safety when on a night out.
Chief Supt Blyth added: “It’s important people know their limits and stay in control while on a night out.
“The mobile treatment unit and street pastors are providing extra services to people in the city.
“However, we’d also ask people to take a few simple steps – such as not drinking excessively, staying with friends and pre-planning how to get home. It’s vital people never walk off or get in vehicles with people they don’t know.
“By following this advice, people can make sure they remember their time out in Sunderland for the right reasons.”