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Enjoy a safe Christmas free from any troubles

Police officers who will be taking part in the Christmas Prescence operation during the festive period

Police officers who will be taking part in the Christmas Prescence operation during the festive period

A community safety group which covers the district is sending out a reminder to revellers to drink sensibly this Christmas.

The Christmas Presence campaign is asking people to have fun, drink sensibly, stay safe and look out for their friends over the festive period.

The annual Harborough District Community Safety Partnership campaign aims to ensure the season remains safe for everyone.

People are being reminded that police have the powers to confiscate alcohol from anyone causing trouble in Harborugh or Lutterworth town centres and have warned that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

Pubs in the area will also be supplying free ‘Spikies’– devices that prevent drinks from being spiked with drugs –and are working with the police to clamp down on drug use.

District councillor Bill Liquorish is chairman of the partnership and arborough District Council’s portfolio holder for community safety.

He said: “The festive season has always been a time for enjoying yourself and meeting up with friends and relatives.

“No-one wants to see a great night out end poorly. We want you to be safe and urge you to drink responsibly.

“Previous campaigns have seen the great majority of people behave well and Harborough district has a consistently low crime rate, and we want to see this continue.”

This year the partners involved are the fire service, police, Harborough’s Street Pastors, Pubwatch, the Youth Service, district council and the Impact team from Leicestershire County Council.

There will be increased police patrols this month, more CCTV coverage, licensing enforcement and walkabouts by the street pastors and youth workers, who will be speaking to young people about any issues that they may have.

Insp Phil Durrant, the interim commander of Harborough police, said: “We’re pleased to be working with the partnership once more this Christmas to help ensure everyone enjoys the festivities in a safe and considerate fashion.

“My officers and PCSOs will be on patrol and will deal with any incidents which may arise. Those who choose to break the law or act in an anti-social manner can expect to be dealt with swiftly and robustly.

“Last year was a great success and I’m certain that this year will be too.”

 

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