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Derry & Strabane police and PCSP issue advice and tips for staying safe this Christmas and list of helpline numbers

Constable Paul Larkin, Chief Inspector Jonny Hunter, Dermot Harrigan, PCSP Manager, and local licensee Paddy Simpson.
Constable Paul Larkin, Chief Inspector Jonny Hunter, Dermot Harrigan, PCSP Manager, and local licensee Paddy Simpson.

As the holiday season gets underway police in Derry and Strabane are asking everyone to take reasonable and sensible steps to stay safe.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jonny Hunter said: “Many people will be taking the opportunity over the next few weeks to catch up with friends, socialise with work colleagues or start the Christmas celebrations early. Whatever the reason, please celebrate safely.

“Officers will be out on patrol in our city, towns and villages throughout the holiday season to provide reassurance and keep people safe as part of Operation Season’s Greetings.”

Councillor Sandra Duffy, Chair of the Derry and Strabane PCSP, added: “Christmas is a great time to meet up with friends and family to enjoy the superb hospitality our district has on offer. I would advise everyone to ensure that this is an enjoyable time and to stay safe. Enjoy your night out and return home safely.”

Top tips for celebrating safely include:

*Watch your alcohol intake – alcohol affects everyone differently

*Never leave your drink unattended at any time

*Do not accept a drink from a stranger

*Stay calm and walk away if someone provokes you

*Get home safe - ensure you have a taxi ordered or get home with a friend who has not been drinking

*Do not drink and drive

*All sexual touching without consent is a crime

If you need support over the Christmas holidays then don’t be afraid to ask.

24 hour Domestic & Sexual Abuse Helpline – 0808 802 1414

Lifeline (24 hours) – 0808 808 8000

Samaritans (24 hours) – 116 123

Hurt (Mon to Fri 9am to 4.30pm) – 028 71369 696

Foyle Search and Rescue – 028 7131 3800

Community Crisis Intervention Service – 028 71262300

Police 101 or in an emergency dial 999

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