Cheshire police will be hitting the streets in even greater numbers this weekend as the Christmas party season gets into full swing.
Thousands of people are expected to head out with friends and family to celebrate the festive season. They will be joined by hundreds of Cheshire police officers, Special Constabulary officers and PCSOs who will be out on patrol.
Superintendent Martin Cleworth said: “Christmas is always a busy time for us as traditionally we see an increase in the number of incidents such as drunk and disorderly behaviour and alcohol related incidents. That’s why we’re asking everyone to stay safe and take extra care while out celebrating the festive season.
“That doesn’t mean that you can’t go out and celebrate or have a few drinks with your friends and family. We’re simply asking people to drink responsibly and look after your friends when you’re out. Otherwise, the chances are, you could do something that you may later regret.
“It’s also important everyone behaves responsibly - think about the people who live in our towns and city centres. Most people wouldn’t be happy if they got woken up in the early hours by people attempting to sing Christmas songs, so what makes it acceptable when you’re out celebrating?
“Of course we want you to have fun, but anyone who breaks the law will be dealt with robustly.
Anyone arrested for anti-social behaviour or for being drunk and disorderly faces the prospect of a fine of up to £1,000 and could even receive a criminal record, which could affect you for the rest of your life.
In December 2015 more than 100 people were arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Officers also have the power to issue dispersal orders to anyone who commits anti-social behaviour.
Superintendent Cleworth added: “We’re not trying to spoil the fun; we all like to celebrate Christmas, we just want to ensure that everyone who does goes out to celebrate stays safe.
“I’m sure the majority of people would much prefer to wake up at home in their own bed rather than get arrested and end up in one of our custody cells.”
Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane said: “Anti-social and drunk and disorderly behaviour can have a major impact on our local communities and it’s pleasing to see the work that the Constabulary is undertaking to deal with these issues.”
Anyone concerned about anti-social or drunk and disorderly behaviour taking place in their neighbourhood should contact Cheshire Police on 101. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.