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Police issue Freshers advice in Canterbury

By Aidan Barlow

Students are being warned to know their limits on boozy nights out as they arrive to start their Freshers Week.

Police are joining members of the Canterbury Community Partnership to visit the new arrivals and raise awareness of personal safety throughout the week.

The advice is being offered to those who may be unfamiliar with the city or living away from home for the first time as Freshers Week starts.

Sgt Lee Thompson said: “We want students to enjoy themselves and for many of them it will be their first time away from home.

Students enjoying nightlife in Kent. Stock picture courtesy of John Westhrop

Students enjoying nightlife in Kent. Stock picture courtesy of John Westhrop

“It’s important that we help keep their transition into university life as trouble-free as possible and talk to them about understanding their limits and how they can protect themselves when they are potentially at their most vulnerable.

“High visibility patrols will be out engaging with the public and ensuring personal safety. Officers will also be helping to keep a lid on anti-social behaviour and reducing the impact Freshers’ Week can have on residents.”

There will be a safety hub set up in St George’s Street from 8pm until the early hours of the morning starting on Wednesday until Friday.

Students are being warned to know their limits. Stock image

Students are being warned to know their limits. Stock image

It will give advice on safe routes home, and advice on preventing heavy drinking, money laundering and sexual offences, with representatives from the city council, police, fire service, county council, the students union and Street Pastors on hand.

Sgt Thompson added: “The general message is know your limits, look out for one another, don’t leave your mobile phones and bags unattended and don’t walk anywhere alone late at night.

“Have fun but be aware of the dangers of drinking too much and think about the impact any unwanted antics can have on the people of Canterbury.”

 

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