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Increase in police patrols in lead up to Christmas

Created on 01/12/2016 @ 16:36
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Festive revellers are being warned by police in Newtown to make sure they behave themselves in the run up to Christmas.

Newtown Police is taking part in Op Santa which begins today.

The campaign is launched by Dyfed Powys Police and is based on “Operation Safe and Nice to All (SANTA).”

Police officers will also be increasing their patrols throughout the festive period to deter anti-social behaviour and crime as well as offer reassurance and advice in their communities to help people to feel safe.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Pam Kelly said: “We’re very fortunate to live or work in a safe place with low crime, but at Christmas time it is easy to forget to take the sensible safety steps we would usually take. Through Op Santa we will be reminding people of the things they can do to keep themselves, their loved ones and their property safe and secure.

“Our crime figures show the offence we tend to see the most significant spike in over Christmas is common assault. We know this is often fuelled by excessive alcohol.

“While we don’t want to dampen people’s Christmas spirits, part of our policing duty through Op Santa is to remind people of the very real consequences of committing this type of offence.

“They include: permanently damaging or even killing a victim; a criminal record or prison sentence, which could affect future career and travel plans and being banned from participating pubs, bars and clubs. The best thing to do when faced with confrontation or aggression is to walk away.

“I hope everyone enjoys our Op Santa advent calendar and also finds the information provided of use in keeping them safe during the forthcoming festivities.”

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