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Night out or nightmare?

Nobody wants a night out to turn into a nightmare which is why Lambeth Council is working with our Safer Lambeth Partners to ensure everyone has a fun but safe festive holiday.

The Safer Lambeth Mobile Partnership Action Team (MPAcT) will be deployed in areas where there are concerns around anti-social behaviour and licensing as part of the council’s community safety campaign ‘Don’t let your night out turn into a nightmare’.

They will look at issues including under-age drinking, venues serving revellers who are already excessively drunk, and door policies during spot checks at licensed premises across the borough on Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19 from 10pm until 6am each night.

The team will gather evidence to secure future ASBOs and the police will deal with public order offences throughout the Christmas holiday. A digital promotion van will also be on hand to display the campaign message ‘Don’t let your night out turn into a nightmare’, which will also be displayed on posters in clubs, pubs, and bars across Lambeth.

Councillor Mark Bennett, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We want people to enjoy Lambeth’s night life during the Christmas party season without putting themselves at risk. I want people to have as much fun as possible this Christmas but to be mindful of the fact that excessive drinking can place people in a number of negative situations that most would never dream of getting into when they have their full wits about them.”

There are a number of practical steps you can take to avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation or to avoid becoming a victim of crime. These include:

  • The night might only just be beginning but plan how you are getting home. Never use an unlicensed cab. Use Transport for London’s Cabwise service by texting ‘HOME’ to 60835 to receive the number of three licensed cab companies in your area.
  • Know your limits. Don’t be reckless when it comes to drinking. Don’t mix drinks, or drink too quickly.
  • Look after your friends, especially if they have had a lot to drink.
  • Keep some money separate from your wallet/purse so that you won’t be tempted to spend it and can use it to get home.
  • Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair and keep wallets and purses close to your body to make it more difficult for pickpockets.
  • In case you get separated from your friends, arrange a time and place to meet at the end of the night.
  • If you walk home alone stick to well-lit areas and avoid using a mobile phone as you walk as it makes you less aware of your surroundings.

For further information visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/saferlambeth 

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