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Publication date:- 2016-12-16

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Keep a clear head this Christmas in Liverpool


THE British Transport Police are urging revellers, on Merseyside, to keep a clear head and be on their best behaviour as figures show over ˝ of crime recorded on the region's railway last Christmas were public order offences, with alcohol being the pre-cursor for many.

Our Officers arrest more people for violent and public order offences at this time of year than for any other type of incident, with 52 such crimes being recorded over the festive period in Liverpool, in 2015.

Officers are now carrying out extra patrols and encouraging passengers to keep a clear head in a bid to reduce the national rise in violence seen on the rail network in the run up to Christmas.

Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon from BTP said:- "We want everyone to have fun over the festive period but every year we see passengers getting into trouble on the rail network because they've drunk more than they usually would and behaved in a way they wouldn't dream of if sober. That's no fun for anyone and unfortunately last Christmas we saw a rise in public order offences and anti-social behaviour. We believe they could have been avoided if people had just drunk a little less and thought about how alcohol affects the way they behave and the impact this has on other passengers. Our priority is making sure everyone gets to their destination safely and you will see more of our Officers on the network helping people to enjoy the festivities, nipping any anti social behaviour in the bud and deterring any violence. We have launched a national campaign asking people to have fun but also to keep a clear head and think about what you would do, and how you would behave if you were sober. There is no excuse for spoiling other people's journeys or abusing rail staff just because you're drunk. Having a drink could cost more than you think, not only could you find yourself with a criminal record, but we've seen peoples careers, livelihoods, relationship and dignity ruined following a drunken night out, don't let that be you."

Find out more about the campaign go to:- BTPNE.WS/ClearHead.

Editors notes:- Did you know that figures for the festive period for Liverpool, between 24 November 2015 to 2 January 2016, had the following number of crimes reported:-

Public order / violence offences = 52.

Alcohol related offences = 6.

% of all crime that are alcohol related = 12%.

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