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By Lisa Barbour
Annan and Eskdale
Police focus on ‘Black Friday’ evening

POLICE officers in the region are bracing themselves for 'Black Eye Friday' tonight.

The last Friday before Christmas is traditionally busy for pubs and clubs as office workers and community groups let their hair down and hit the town.
And Chief Superintendent Mike Leslie says officers will be out in force spreading the festive safety message.
He said: “We want everyone to have a great time this festive season and our message is simple – take care and keep yourself safe.
“We will be out in force across the region tonight in what has been dubbed ‘Black Eye Friday’ over the years.
“Let’s lose that name, be responsible and stay safe on what should be known as Festive Friday.”
He added: “My officers are there to help keep you safe. Work with them to achieve this by being responsible.
“Those who are out to spoil the party for others will not be tolerated and will be dealt with with the full force of the law.”
Ch Supt Leslie also reminds party-goers that the drink driving limit was lowered last year to 50mg in every 100ml of blood, which means revellers could still be over the limit the morning after.

Festive safety tips
* Plan your Christmas night out – charge your mobile, remember to take it with you and think about how you’ll get home.
* Book a taxi from a reputable company or arrange for a family member or friend to pick you up.
* Don’t leave drinks unattended, be sensible about what you drink and pace yourself.
* Stick with friends – don’t leave nights out on your own or with strangers.
* Drivers should be mindful that partygoers, particularly those under the influence of alcohol, can step out/stagger onto the road without warning so slow down when in crowded areas.

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