Students urged to stay safe on nights out

Police in Sunderland are re-issuing safety messages to new students who will soon be partying in the city.

A host of freshers will embark on Sunderland during the next few weeks and in line with tradition will be out enjoying the many pubs and clubs on offer in the city centre.

Police want to make sure they, and anyone else enjoying a night out, do so safely.

Officers will be carrying out regular patrols throughout the city centre to offer support to revellers and help make sure they are safe.

For those looking forward to a night out with friends, police would ask they look after each other and take on board some tips to help prevent themselves coming to harm.

Chief Inspector Paul Milner said: “We know it will be freshers week soon which will see a lot of students embark on the city and we want to make sure they do so safely. For many it may be their first time away from home and in a new city it can be easy to get carried away with the celebrations. We just want to make sure they stay safe.

“If you’re planning a night out make sure you have plans to get home, book a taxi beforehand or visit one of the taxi ranks in the city and look out for your friends, try and stick together if you can.

“Always know what you’re drinking, don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t trust and don’t leave your drink unattended.

“We work closely with licensed premises, door staff and taxi drivers to make sure they are aware of what do if they come across someone who is vulnerable. If you feel like you’ve had too much to drink, or are feeling light-headed or ill after only a few drinks, seek help from bar staff, door staff or a credited taxi driver.

“While we’re issuing this advice in time for freshers week, it is advice we can all take on board when going out for a few drinks.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird added: “I’m delighted with the ongoing work to make sure Sunderland is a safe environment for not just students coming to socialise, but anyone who is visiting the city for a night out.”

For more information visit Northumbria Police’s website.

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