In control and out of trouble

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PARTY people in Northumberland have been warned to stay in control and out of trouble over the festive season.

Extra police patrols will be carried out in the busiest places in the county over the next two weekends when more people will be out celebrating with colleagues, family and friends.

Officers will be visiting pubs and clubs to nip any potential problems in the bud and assist licensees and bar staff with unruly customers.

They are also encouraging people to think of their safety before leaving the house by planning how they will get home at the end of the night.

Northumberland Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “This is a busy time of year for the area and the vast majority of people are in good spirits and just want to enjoy themselves with friends and family.

“Sometimes people have too much to drink and make themselves vulnerable to either becoming the victim or the perpetrator of a crime and get involved in situations they ordinarily wouldn’t when sober.

“No one wants to see their Christmas or New Year celebrations ruined, or spend their holidays in a police cell, so we’re urging people to come out and enjoy themselves, but make sure they stay in control by drinking in moderation and avoiding conflict.”

He added: “We want everyone in Northumberland to have an enjoyable and safe Christmas and New Year and we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure that happens.”