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:-
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
► Public order / violence offences = 52.
► Alcohol related offences = 6.
► % of all crime that are alcohol related = 12%.