Stay safe during the festive period

Thames Valley Police is reminding revellers to stay safe during the festive period.

Inspector John Fox is featured in a YouTube video wishing drinkers a merry but safe Christmas.

Police officers across the force will be carrying out high-visibility patrols in town centres across the Thames Valley and fixed penalty notices will be issued to people who get drunk and disorderly in a public place, who damage public property or behave in a way likely to cause other people harm or distress.

Intelligence is also being used to tackle disorder hotspots.

Here are some tips to help ensure you have a Happy New Year, and celebrate the festivities safely:

Plan a safe way to get home, either by organising a lift with friends or booking a licensed taxi;

Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks;

Keep drinks with you at all times;

Do not accept drinks from strangers;

Stay in groups.