As partygoers get into the festive spirit this Christmas, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner is urging them to spare a thought for the volunteers keeping them safe on the streets.
Dozens of selfless volunteers will be giving up their time during the holidays to make sure people on the streets of Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar get home safely.
PCC Barry Coppinger is sending his thanks to volunteers from Redcar Beacons, Boro Angels, Stockton Town Pastors and Hartlepool Town Pastors ahead of a number of busy weekends in the region’s pubs and clubs.
Mr Coppinger said: “These selfless volunteers give up their free time over the festive period to ensure vulnerable people stay safe on the streets.
“While they will help anyone in need, I would urge people heading out during the festive period to take care of themselves and their friends by drinking sensibly and sticking together.
“It’s important that people spare a thought for the volunteers and endeavour to make the Christmas festivities safe and enjoyable for all.”
Anne Connelly, Co-ordinator for Redcar Beacons, said: “We are extremely busy this time of year dealing with people who become vulnerable from drinking too much and sometimes combining that with drugs.
“This can lead to them being sick, wandering in traffic, injuring themselves and losing their belongings.
“My advice to partygoers is to keep a close eye on drinks to prevent spiking, stick together with friends and look out for each other.
“Have fun but ask for help if you need it.”
Redcar Beacons can be seen around Redcar Town Centre, can be contacted via door staff or visited at their office at Lifeline, just along from Gemini Pizza House.
In emergencies please dial 999.