POLICE are cracking down on domestic violence during the festive period.
Officers in Sandbach, Alsager and Holmes Chapel are issuing a no tolerance message and are asking people to take a step back if they start to feel the strain.
Inspector Mark Gammage, of the Congleton Neighbourhood Policing Unit said: 'Last December in Congleton Borough over 40% of violent crime reported to police was domestic-related.
'We accept that Christmas is often a time of great stress for families and disputes will occur.
'However, this does not mean that when criminal offences take place we are going to ignore them.
'I would urge everyone to take a deep breath or go for a walk when they start feeling the stress starting to build.
'The consequences for snapped tempers can be huge. Almost certain arrest, a night in the cells, a criminal record and then there is the emotional impact on any children present.'
* For advice in dealing with the effects of domestic abuse, contact the Domestic Violence Outreach Worker on 01606 351375 or call the national 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.