Sunderland police warning ahead of Black Eye Friday

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POLICE are reminding revellers to stay safe this weekend.

Hundreds are expected to hit Sunderland city centre’s pubs and clubs, and extra officers will be out to make sure party-goers stay safe.

Officers are keen to get a message of safety across to make sure people are aware of their limits in relation to alcohol, and have plans in place to get home, making sure the last Friday before Christmas is a safe one.

Sunderland Chief Inspector Dave Willett, said: “The majority of revellers are out to have a good time and enjoy the last weekend of parties before Christmas.

“The majority of revellers won’t cause us any trouble at all, but when the city centre is busy, and alcohol has been consumed, situations can quickly escalate out of control.

“We want visitors to enjoy themselves, but ask that they don’t ruin the festive atmosphere by becoming involved in any alcohol-related disorder.

“Officers will be out on patrol speaking with revellers, patrolling bars and working with doorstaff and bar staff to ensure that there are no problems or issues.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird added: “Newcastle and Sunderland have a tremendous atmosphere at this time of year and I know people will be meeting with friends and families to enjoy this special time.

“As always I want people to be safe when they come to our region’s cities and know the excellent measures which have been introduced, through the strong partnerships we have here between the local authority, police, businesses and my office.

“The training we have introduced for doorstaff and the advice which is provided by officers when they are on patrol, all help make this region a safe place to visit and people want to return to.”