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
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
“Make sure you stay with your friends,
especially if they are drunk. Don’t leave them vulnerable and
“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
Anyone – man, woman or child – who has been
raped or sexually assaulted either recently or in the past, can
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
“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.”