Cops are sending their second message of Christmas to festive revilers

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt.

It's party time - so remember 'keys, money, phone, plans to get home' to make sure everyone stays safe this Christmas.

The second message from Northumbria Police for its '12 messages of Christmas' aims to encourage party-goers to have a great time but to make plans to help make sure they remember the night for all the right reasons.

Earlier this month the force launched its personal safety campaign 'Keys, Money, Phone, Plans to Get Home?' with advice on how to stay safer during a night out.

Advice includes:

- Make plans in advance to get home safely - pre-book a taxi or make sure you know how you're getting home

- Look out for your friends and arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separated

- Save an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your phone, stash some cash in case you lose your purse or wallet.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: "Lots of people will be starting to get into the festive spirit and looking forward to Christmas nights out over the next few weeks and we want to make sure they do so safely and remember the night for all the right reasons.

"If you're going out make sure you have plans to get home. Taxi ranks are often busy at this time of year, if you're planning on getting a taxi pre book it - it will save having to wait in a taxi queue. Look out for your friends as well, arrange where your going to meet them in case you get separated and recognise if you think they've had too much to drink, I'm sure you'd want them to do they same for you."

Further information about Northumbria Police's 'Keys, Money, Phone, Plans to get home' is available on the Northumbria Police website.

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