Drinkers urged to be responsible

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Police officers were on the streets of Angus at the weekend following a recent increase in alcohol-fuelled violence across the area.

Tayside Division has recorded an upturn in drink-related disorder and petty assaults in town centres late at night, as well as a number of serious assaults which left victims hospitalised at the end of their nights out.

Officers patrolled town centres over the weekend, concentrating on areas around licensed premises, and visited pubs and clubs to highlight responsible rather than excessive drinking as well as to speak with licensees, managers and staff to remind them of their responsibilities.

Superintendent Kevin Lynch said that the force is committed to working with licensees and staff to ensure a safe environment

He continued: “Police Scotland is committed to Keeping People Safe, but that is a responsibility that must be shared by every individual. We endeavour to raise awareness about personal safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, but we also need people to be responsible about their own actions and behaviour.”

The division is also appealing to people to consider their own welfare and that of others around them.

Superintendent Lynch added: “All too often our officers step in to help where people have had too much drink, become separated from their friends and are lost or disoriented. Without our intervention, they are vulnerable. This can be avoided if friends and colleagues drink sensibly, stick together, look out for one another and respect others around them.”