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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbria Police ask public to enjoy their summer and drink responsibly

AS Easter draws closer, Cumbria Police are asking people to consider their own personal safety as warmer weather hits the county.

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This time of year includes a number of bank holidays which sees the county’s main nightlife spots attracting high numbers of revellers looking for a good time. Officers want to take this opportunity to remind people to stay safe, look after each other, stay within their drinking limits and remain in control.

In a bid to make people more aware of their safety during nights out and as they make their way home, police are issuing top tips to encourage people to consider safety as a top priority.

This summer will see the promotion of the Constabulary’s “One punch can change two lives” campaign continue following its launch at Christmas. This reminds party-goers of the consequences of losing control through alcohol consumption. This is part of our on-going “Think before you drink” force-wide campaign.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “We want everyone to enjoy the warmer weather and it is a great time to get together but we remind people to drink within their limits and remain in control. It can be easy to get carried away with the atmosphere, but having that awareness will mean that your night is a good one.

“We understand that with warmer weather comes the temptation to enjoy a few drinks, whether it is at home in the garden, in the county’s beer gardens and pubs or out in the countryside whilst camping. All we ask is that you do this responsibly and that you don’t take any risks with your safety, stick to your limits and drink plenty of water so you don’t suffer dehydration.

“The consequences of drinking too much and becoming vulnerable or overstepping the mark can spoil your summer and also your life. As well as risking becoming a victim of crime, you could risk getting into trouble by a situation quickly escalating into violence or disorder.

“It’s not worth the risk. Enjoy drinks with friends but know your limits. Go too far and you can spoil your summer before it’s begun - you could see yourself banned from all Pubwatch bars and clubs or even under arrest.”

Police will also continue with their: “Keys, Money, Phone, Plans to get home?” campaign, which reminds young women, students and party goers to think ahead and plan their safe journey home.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson added: “Make sure you have a registered taxi number on you, don’t be caught out and if you end up on your own, having that number will ensure that you get home safely.

“Whilst out on nights out, please think ahead, looking after each other and making plans to get home will help you to enjoy your night safely.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “When talking to people in the county they are quite clearly concerned about the impact that alcohol can have on all aspects of life. I therefore fully support the Police’s campaign to encourage people to stay safe and enjoy alcohol responsibly, especially as we go into the better weather and longer nights.”

The campaign will encourage people planning a night out to follow this advice:

• If confrontation arises, be responsible seek out security staff or a Police Officer and make them aware of the issue

• Think: Keys, money phone, plans to get home?

• Stick with your friends and look out for each other

• Make sure you use licensed taxi services

Anyone who is a victim of a crime or sees suspicious activity is asked to report this to Cumbria Police on 101.

People can also follow Cumbria Police on Facebook and Twitter (@CumbriaPolice) where up to date safety advice and information will be shared.

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