Police give advice for partygoers in borough

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POLICE are helping partygoers stay safe in Whitley Bay over the festive period.

Neighbourhood officers are on foot patrol in the town ready to welcome visitors with a friendly reminder on how to stay safe when out drinking.

Inspector Jim Gray of Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team said: “Whitley Bay is a safe place for people to come to enjoy themselves during a night out.

“We want to keep it that way and help partygoers take care.”

Police on patrol are giving visitors personal safety advice on credit card sized information cards which people can use to store an ‘in case of emergency’ number, so if their phone is lost, they can contact someone who can help them.

Officers are also giving away personal attack alarms to help people stay safe and encouraging people to think about planning how they’ll get home at the end of the evening.

This supports the ‘Keys, money, phone, plans to get home?’ campaign.

Officers are also working with licensed premises and door staff and have been distributing safety advice to visitors at local hotels too.

Insp Gray added: “Officers are meeting visitors as they come into the town with personal safety advice. They’re handing out special safety cards reminding revellers about their keys, money and phone and to make plans for getting home before going out.

“Watching how much you drink, knowing your limits, staying in control and looking out for your friends to make sure everyone enjoys their night out and gets home safely.”