One punch can change lives

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As Christmas draws closer, Cumbria Police are asking people to consider their own personal safety as they plan their Christmas celebrations by launching a campaign to help people to stay safe and enjoy their nights out.

With just over four weeks until Christmas Day, Christmas parties are starting to take

place across the county and 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 revellers more aware of their safety during nights out and as they make their way home, police across the county will be handing out a range of free safety products, along with top tips to encourage people to consider safety as a top priority.

This year will see the promotion of the Constabulary’s “One punch can change two lives” campaign which 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 festive season 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.

“The consequences of drinking too much and becoming vulnerable or oversteppingthe mark can spoil your Christmas.

“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 Christmas before it’s begun - you could see yourself banned from

all Pubwatch bars and clubs or even under arrest.”

Police will also continue 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: “As the Christmas season approaches and people make plans for their parties, we want to help them to enjoy their night and get home safely.

“By thinking ahead, looking after each other and making plans to get home will help you to enjoy your Christmas celebrations.

“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.”

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

Throughout the county extra police officers will be out on Friday and Saturday nights

to make sure people are enjoying themselves responsibly and to assist quickly if any disorder does occur.

Posters displaying this advice will also be displayed in local shops and bars to

prompt Christmas shoppers and revellers.

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.