Party too hard at Christmas and risk waking up in a cell

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CHRISTMAS morning is a time for plodding downstairs in your pyjamas, settling down in front of the tree and opening your presents.

But sadly, some will be waking up in a police cell full of shame and with a severe hangover.

Every year on Christmas Eve, the cells at Grantham Police Station gradually fill with drunken party-goers who have committed crimes as a result of downing too many pints.

But this year, the force is pulling out all the stops to reduce alcohol-related crimes during weekends on the run-up to Christmas, said Chief Inspector Lee Pache.

He added: “We will have increased visibility earlier on in the day, and we’ll be speaking to licensees as well as members of the public.

“We’ll be doing under-age drinking testing, and send a strong message to licensees that to sell alcohol to somebody who has had enough is an offence.”

Neighbourhood policing teams, South Kesteven District Council’s anti-social behaviour officers and street pastors are working with police to reduce the number of drunken offences this Christmas.r

Street pastors in particular are a valuable resource who “fill the gaps in the service”, said Ch Insp Pache, by helping revellers into taxis and calling paramedics if they become injured.

Drink-driving is also common at Christmas, and police are cracking down on culprits.

Ch Insp Pache said: “Do you want to potentially lose your job, go to prison or lose your home, for the sake of a £10 note?

“We’ve got a lot of resources focussed on the evening time, so there’s a really strong chance that if you drink-drive, you will be stopped and breath-tested.”

As well as warnings to would-be criminals, Lincolnshire Police is giving out advice to families to protect themselves from burglars and thieves.

The run-up to Christmas is a busy time for crooks who know expensive gifts are stored at home and lots of cash kept in purses.

Advice on how to keep your property safe over Christmas is contained in leaflets available at police stations and from neighbourhood policing teams.

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