8.53 AM Tuesday 24 May 2016

Revellers warned to celebrate New Year's Eve safely

Dorset Police is encouraging revellers to ring in the New Year safely.

As people go out celebrating the New Year across Dorset, officers are warning revellers to drink responsibly to reduce their chances of becoming victims of crime or ending up in a police cell.

Detective Superintendent Andy Clowser said: “We want everyone to have fun celebrating the New Year but it is important people follow our advice and stay safe while enjoying the festivities.

“Make sure you stay with your friends, especially if they are drunk. Don’t leave them vulnerable and alone.

“Always plan how you’re getting home and ensure you keep money aside for a licensed taxi or bus.

“Never walk home alone and don’t go home with someone you barely know.”

ARC Dorset opened earlier this year to offer multi-agency support to victims of sexual offences.

Anyone – man, woman or child – who has been raped or sexually assaulted either recently or in the past, can contact ARC Dorset directly as a self-referral. Alternatively, they can come as a referral from the police or any other agency.

Self-referrals can simply dial 0845 519 8638 to make an appointment or email contact@arcdorset.org.uk.

Detective Superintendent Clowser continued: “If you have been a victim of rape, but have not reported it, please do come forward and tell us. We have specially trained officers to fully support victims of rape and investigate these types of offences.

“We will take the strongest possible action against anyone found to have committed rape.”

Violence in night time economy areas, such as Bournemouth and Weymouth town centres, tends to increase over the New Year period.

Sergeant Steve Lyne, Bournemouth Central Deputy Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “Bournemouth town centre is a great place for people to celebrate the New Year.

“However, anyone who gets drunk and causes trouble can expect to be arrested and could start 2013 in a police cell.

“I would urge people not to drink to the extent that it affects their decision making.”

Weymouth and Portland Neighbourhood Inspector Les Fry said: “Weymouth is a great place to enjoy a night out, especially on New Year’s Eve.

“However, anyone who commits alcohol-related violence will be arrested and can expect to wake up on New Year’s Day in a police cell.”


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