More police on the beat to stop festive rowdies

By Connie Osborne Friday 29 November 2013 Updated: 29/11 10:34

EXTRA officers will be on the beat in a bid to deter anti-social behaviour in the the run up to Christmas.

Officers from West Mercia and Warwickshire Police will be on the streets from the end of November until New Year's Day when pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants will be at their busiest.

The operation, known as Christmas Presence, will see police working with the public as well as licensees to prevent disorder, violent crime and anti-social behaviour in town and city centres across the area.

Thousands of posters, leaflets and beer mats urging people to take responsibility for their actions have also been distributed, while Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be using Twitter to issue advice.

Ch Insp Helena Bennett, the operation's co-ordinator, said a two-pronged approach was being adopted based on education and enforcement.

"It’s hoped a high-visibility presence will help deter trouble and we’ll be keeping an eye on proceedings to ensure people can enjoy a night out without fear of harm," she said.

"We want everyone to enjoy their nights out, remaining safe while not interfering with the enjoyment of others."

She added drunken or violent disorder would not be tolerated.

"Our message is quite simple, have a good time but don’t drink to extremes, stay in control and avoid trouble. That way everyone will be able to enjoy Christmas."

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