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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Police hope our streets stay trouble-free over Christmas

COPELAND has enjoyed a relatively trouble-free pre-Christmas period – and Cumbria Police is ensuring it continues to stay safe.

Extra police officers were out on patrol on ‘Mad’ Friday and Saturday, although police say it was a fairly quiet night.

Thirteen arrests were made: two for assault, four for public order offences, three for drugs offences and four for drink-drivers. This is about the same number of arrests police make on a normal weekend, said Inspector Mark Wear.

He added: “There were also around 20 people banned from Whitehaven town centre over the two nights as officers used their powers to exclude people from the town who they believed may get involved in alcohol-related disorder. The exclusions were put in place for periods of up to eight hours.”

Cumbria Police is continuing to remind people to stay safe when partying over the festive period.

This year it is promoting its One Punch Can Change Two Lives campaign which reminds party-goers of the consequences of losing control through alcohol consumption. This is part of its on-going Think Before You Drink force-wide campaign.

Officers have been working with licensed premises to try and prevent people who are already drunk being served further alcohol. Pubwatch is also continuing to inform licensees about those who have been banned, especially for violent disorder.

Two taxi marshals have been on duty in Whitehaven every Saturday night from the end of September until this Saturday.

They were also on duty on ‘Mad’ Friday.

Marshals will be out on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve to make sure that revellers are safely escorted to a taxi on their way home.

All Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) will also be deploying officers to known hotspots throughout West Cumbria on these dates.

Police are also be supporting ‘Operation Staysafe’. The operation sees police join partner agencies across five centres in Whitehaven, Cockermouth, Maryport, Wigton and Workington in a bid to keep children safe over the festive period and to ensure that young people realise that their behaviour can put them at risk of harm.

During a Staysafe Operation, children considered to be vulnerable are taken to one of the five centres by the police. This includes those in possession of alcohol, those who are too young to be out at that time of night and any youths who are involved in anti-social behaviour.

Their parents are contacted and asked to attend the centre where input is given by one of the partner agencies on risk-taking behaviour, which is followed up by a visit one week later.


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