Merseyside Police advice
to New Years Eve Party Goers
MERSEYSIDE Police have issued
advice to party goers to ensure they remain safe during the festive season.
Thousands of people are expected to make the most of the New Year period by
celebrating in bars, pubs and clubs across Merseyside.
Superintendent Mark Morgan said:- "Everyone wants to have a good night
with friends and family during the New year period but we also want to make
sure that everyone gets home safely. We would advise friends to stay
together as a group and watch out for each other; never leave drinks
unattended; even if you only nip away to go to the toilet or for a cigarette
break; don't accept drinks from strangers and watch the number of drinks you
have so you stay in control. If people follow that advice then everyone can
have a safe and happy New Year."
Here are some simple steps revellers can take to ensure they stay safe while
enjoying their big night:-
► Stay with your friends; don't go to the toilet, the bar, the cash machine
or for a cigarette on your own; stay in a group and look out for each other.
► Don't accept drinks from strangers; they could be extra strong or even
spiked, and don't leave your drink unattended, even if it's a soft drink.
► Pace yourself; getting blind drunk puts you at risk; instead, have a soft
drink in between an alcoholic 1 and remember, it is an offence for a
bartender to serve you if you are intoxicated.
► Pre-book your cab and leave with your friends; use a well known firm and
check the driver's ID and licence is visible inside the taxi. Also, make
sure someone at home knows you are on your way and which firm is driving
► Trust your instincts; if it feels wrong it probably is so get out of the
situation as quickly as possible and call:- 101010 if you feel at risk or
Brits to splash out £7.6
billion in the end of year Christmas sales
RESEARCH have revealed that more
than 52% of residents in the North West are planning to spend £213 each
during this year's winter sales
Despite being more than a month into the frenzy of Christmas shopping, there
appears to be no slowdown in bargain hunters' thirst for a good deal.
According to new research by TopCashback found 55% of residents in the
North West are planning to hit the end of year sales spending, on average,
£213 each. This equates to a huge £7.6 billion national spend.
The love for low prices is well and truly imbedded in British culture as 67%
of residents in the North West describe themselves as bargain hunters and
15% even devise a sale shopping strategy to secure prime positions in queues
to combat over crowded stores.
35% of shoppers have saved up money to spend in the winter sales, 27% of
whom began saving from as early as September. In a bid to minimise
overspending, with 45% of residents in the North West will be putting a
strict budget in place for the end of year sales. However, temptation may
prove too great, as 58% admit to going over budget in the past.
Whilst a quarter of residents will spread the cost of winter sale shopping
by using their credit card, 35%, will be taking the pressure off their
wallets completely by using money received from Christmas gifts.
The research also lists North West residents most sought after sales items,
placing clothing at the top 84%, followed by electricals 52%, and home
However, not everyone is such a fan of the winter sales. Of those who will
not be shopping in the sales, 34%, prioritise saving money instead of
spending and 20% don't think the discounts are as good as the other sales
that happen throughout the year.
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