FIVE people found themselves sitting in a South Tyneside police cell during Christmas after their antics landed them in trouble.
Police were out in force over the festive period to help keep partygoers safe as they hit South Shields town centre.
Officers were also on the lookout for troublemakers, and the operation led to five people being arrested for being drunk and disorderly between December 24 and 27.
As the year draws to a close, police are reminding revellers, preparing to see in the New Year with a drink, to behave.
Extra officers will be on the streets on New Year’s Eve to ensure every one has a happy New Year.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: “As always, we want people to enjoy the New Year festivities, but we also want them to be safe and to behave.
“The last thing we want is for people to be starting the new year waking up in a cell and with a criminal record.”
Police are also urging people enjoying a night out to keep their belongings with them at all times, not to become separated from friends and not to accept drinks from a stranger, or leave them unattended.
Revellers using taxis should always check a driver’s identification, and never get into an unlicensed taxi.
Never walk home alone and do not take shortcuts through dark alleys or large open spaces.
For more crime prevention advice and safety tips, visit www.northumbria.police.uk