Police patrols stepped up over weekend

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BANK holiday drinkers are being warned to be on their best behaviour this weekend – or face a visit to the cells.

With Sunderland city centre expected to be booming with party-goers during the next 48-hours, police are sending out a stark warning to those who drink too much.

Police patrols will be stepped up across the area, focusing on hot spots around pubs, bars and clubs at their busiest times.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neal Craig, who covers the city centre, said: “We anticipate more people than usual will be coming into the city centre over the bank holiday and we want them to have a safe visit.

“We don’t want to be kill-joys, we want people have fun, but sometimes what starts as harmless fun can spiral into disorder.

“If officers see a situation that has a potential to get out of hand they won’t hesitate to intervene.

“We’re working closely with partner agencies and local communities to make the city even safer and are asking members of the public to help us by planning to stay in control and safe when they go out.”

To help prevent any trouble, extra police and community support officers will also be on hand to offer and help and advice.

The force is also running two campaigns in a bid to stamp out any trouble.

Its ‘Planning A Night Out, Plan To Stay Safe’ campaign encourages revellers not to get into trouble while on a night out.

Personal safety campaign ‘Keys, Money, Phone, Plans To Get Home’ aims at getting people to follow advice to keep them safe.

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Tips for revellers

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

Store an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your phone.

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

Know your limits.

Plan how you’re getting home. Pre-book a taxi or make sure you know where your licensed taxi rank is.