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Staying safe at Christmas

The festive season is well and truly underway and we’ll have extra officers on duty this weekend and next weekend, to help ensure people have an enjoyable, fun time while celebrating Christmas.

Sadly, we often see an increase in demand at this time of year, usually as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.

Alcohol is not an excuse for violent behaviour and the consequences of violent or inappropriate behaviour can last a lifetime.

Each year we see people wake up on Christmas morning in a prison cell, or in hospital, as a direct result of their alcohol-fuelled behaviour.

Not only does it ruin their Christmas, but also that of their family and friends.

Consider how you would rather spend your Christmas: would you prefer to be surrounded by your friends and family eating a huge dinner, or sat alone in a cell knowing that you’ve destroyed the celebrations of those closest to you? Know your limits, and stick within them.

This Christmas, we’re also reminding people of the importance of consent when it comes to sex. If someone has not consented to sex, is too incapacitated to give their consent, or if they have fallen asleep, then pursuing sexual activity with them is a crime.

It is not ok to force sexual acts on someone because they are drunk, because you know them, are in a relationship with them or have had sex with them before.

No means no, and if they are unable to give their consent, it is rape.

We want everyone to have a happy and safe Christmas, so please do take a look at the rest of our advice and look out for each other when you’re out and about.

 

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