Police Scotland preparing for Hogmanay

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Police officers across Tayside Division are preparing for the Hogmanay celebrations and would like to wish everyone a safe and happy start to the New Year

With Wednesday evening fast approaching, Police Scotland has issued the following advice:

At this time of year, the weather can be very cold, so keep warm and make sure you are appropriately dressed for the conditions.

Remember to take your mobile phone with you, making sure that it is fully charged, so that you can keep in contact.

Be sensible about how much you drink, don’t leave drinks unattended and pace yourself. Don’t use drugs or be tempted to take New Psychoactive Substances, sometimes misleadingly called ‘legal highs’. Legal doesn’t mean safe, as they can contain toxic or harmful chemicals and can be very dangerous.

Police would also advise that if you are going out to spend time with family and friends, make suitable travel arrangements and plan your journey. Ensure you are mindful of the lower drink-drive limit – don’t put yourself or others at risk by driving your vehicle after drinking alcohol. Please arrange alternative transport to get to and from your destinations.

In encouraging people to celebrate safely and responsibly, Tayside Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith said: “Everybody wants to have a fantastic time at Hogmanay and many people will be meeting up with friends and family to take part in the celebrations. This is always a busy time of year, with a lot going on in our communities to bring in the New Year.

“Additional officers will be patrolling across Tayside providing support and assistance, ensuring that people keep safe. In doing so, we also reassure the public that we will continue to take positive action in dealing with those who take part in violent or criminal behaviour at this time of year. I would remind the public of Police Scotland’s Festive Domestic Abuse Campaign - be in no doubt, we will deal swiftly with any offenders.

“The past year has seen a reduction in serious and violent crime in Tayside and we look forward to bringing in a safe and secure 2015.”

He added: “I would encourage you to come and speak to our officers, not only if you have any concerns, but also if you would like to share in messages of goodwill. Wherever you are celebrating the New Year, I would ask that you look after each other, have a fantastic time and make sure you get home safely.”