Police step up patrols over Christmas and New Year

NADV 12092526AM Supt. Aubrey Smith. Picture : Adrian Murray. (12092526AM)
NADV 12092526AM Supt. Aubrey Smith. Picture : Adrian Murray. (12092526AM)

Police are stepping up patrols in the Harrogate district over the festive period and are urging people to enjoy the festivities sensibly.

All this week and over last weekend - known nationally as ‘mad Friday’ because of the number of Christmas party groups - extra patrols have been carried out across the town and wider district.

And in the run up to New Year’s Eve, police are urging people to be careful when drinking alcohol.

“Enjoy the festivities but enjoy them sensibly and safely and don’t become a nuisance, or you could find yourself spending a night in the new custody suite at Harrogate,” said Supt Aubrey Smith, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for the Harrogate district.

“We’ve had a number of mobile phones stolen from nightclubs in the town centre over the festive period. Four or five were taken last Saturday night.

“Police are out in force but do help yourselves by keeping a close eye on bags and phones.”

North Yorkshire Police has been clamping down particularly on drink driving with the launch of a campaign at the beginning of December.

“We’ve had over 60 positive breath tests in North Yorkshire since the start of the campaign,” said Supt Smith.

“We will be continuing to enforce the drink drive campaign at all times of day.

“Think about the consequences. People could lose their lives.”