Sunderland police on bank holiday booze alert

Insp. Mick Hill of Gillbridge Police Station, Sunderland, warning revellers to stay safe when out drinking over the bank holiday.

Insp. Mick Hill of Gillbridge Police Station, Sunderland, warning revellers to stay safe when out drinking over the bank holiday.

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POLICE are to step up city-centre patrols in a bid to cut booze-fuelled disorder over the bank holiday weekend.

Northumbria Police, which is running its force-wide Keys, money, phone, plans to get home campaign, is also urging revellers to consider their personal safety on nights out.

Extra officers will be on patrol around Sunderland pubs and clubs to make sure drinkers have a safe night.

However, troublemakers are being warned they will not hesitate to intervene if a situation has the “potential to get out of control”.

The initiative aims to encourage people to stay safe on a night out by making sure that people have plans to get home and don’t make themselves vulnerable by getting too drunk.

Officers will be handing out credit cards for people to store in case of emergency number.

The campaign encourages people planning a night out to follow simple safety advice.

Acting Sunderland City Centre Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Pitchford said: “We’re looking forward to people coming to Sunderland city centre to enjoy the bank holiday weekend and we want it to be a safe and enjoyable time.

“Alcohol can affect people’s judgement and make them more vulnerable so we’d ask them to know their limits when drinking.

“People should also look after their personal belongings and not leave items, such as handbags or mobile phones, lying around in pubs and clubs as this poses an opportunity for thieves.

“Arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separated from friends and plan how your getting home.

“By following these safety tips, it will ensure people remember their night out for all the right reasons.”

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THINK: Keys, money, phone, plans to get home?

•Look out for your friends and arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separated.

•Store an Ice number in your phone.

•Stash some cash in case you lose your purse or wallet.

•Know your limits and always stay in control.

•Plan how you’re getting home.