Christmas party season is well underway and as this weekend is set to be one of the busiest in the social calendar, West Midlands Police steps up its night time operation.
Police will be ensuring people who visit the region’s towns and cities to celebrate with friends and family, do so in the knowledge that they will have a safe and enjoyable night.
In Walsall, street pastors are a regular sight at the weekend and will offer reassurance to anyone worse for wear from alcohol and in Shirley, traffic operations are planned to inspect taxis travelling through the borough to ensure they are safe and operating legally.
Elsewhere across the West Midlands plans are in place to ensure anti-social behaviour and alcohol related violence is kept to a minimum. Police in Coventry will serve exclusion notices on people causing anti-social behaviour related to drink or drug use. This means they will have to leave the city centre and not return for up to 48 hours.
Birmingham city centre is geared up for the Christmas festivities and officers will be stationed at every street corner, this allows them to intercept any anti-social behaviour quickly.
Inspector Stuart Bill, head of policing for Birmingham’s city centre, said:
“We would ask people to think ahead and make plans to ensure that they have an enjoyable night. Pre-book your taxi – do not get into one that you do not believe is licensed – remember only black cabs can be flagged down. Private hire vehicles need to be booked.
“If you are out with friends then stay together – if drinking, know your limits – too much alcohol can leave you vulnerable. If using public transport to get home, wait in a well-lit place or with people you know.
“It is important that people planning to go out this weekend on work Christmas parties or with friends and family should feel safe. Revellers should be secure in the knowledge that we are working hard to keep them safe.”