POLICE chiefs are warning anyone taking part in disorderly drinking that they could be locked up for Christmas.
Hartlepool Police in conjunction with the Safer Hartlepool Partnership are carrying out a crackdown under the banner “drink to enjoy, not to regret” this December and into the New Year.
A zero-tolerance approach to alcohol-fuelled violence and trouble has been set out with high-profile police patrols among the tactics to prevent any boozy bother.
Chief Inspector Kathy Prudom, of Hartlepool Police, said: “There are potential lasting consequences for those who over-indulge, such as arrest, drink banning orders and even imprisonment.”
Along with the patrols, CCTV cameras are also being used in the town to capture evidence which could be used in court.
Drinking hotspots in the popular Church Street and Victoria Road areas have seen a fall in crime since the Respect Hartlepool campaign was launched, and officers are determined to carry on the good work over the festive period.
Chf Insp Prudom added: “The safety of the people using our town centres at night time is of the utmost importance. Our aim is to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe night out.
“Most people take on a sensible and responsible approach to drinking and the festivities, however, a small number of people behave in a totally unacceptable manner.
“When people get too drunk, they are more likely to get involved in fights, end up in A&E, lose their friends and or their possessions.”
The reminder comes after a poster promoting seasonal safety tips was launched, as reported in the Hartlepool Mail, which will go on display in pubs, clubs and colleges around the town.
They include reminding people to “know their limit”, not to accept drinks from strangers, stay with friends, plan how to get home and look after valuables.