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Party-goers urged to stay safe

Christmas party-goers have been urged to “Get Home Safe” as they celebrate the festive season in Belfast over the coming weeks.

The annual campaign, which is led by Belfast City Council in partnership with the Department of Justice and PSNI, was launched yesterday.

Lord Mayor councillor Pat Convery, said: “We want everyone to come to Belfast and enjoy what our great city has to offer, but we’re taking this opportunity to encourage people to take responsibility for their personal safety when they’re out on the town.

“We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, far from it; but the Christmas period does see an inevitable increase in the number of people out and about in the city.

“Simple things like planning your journey home in advance, sticking with friends and drinking responsibly can help ensure everyone has an enjoyable, but most importantly, safe night out.”

A Nite Zones pilot project has been developed, to be rolled out in the Odyssey, Cathedral Quarter, City Hall and Malone Road areas.

The project is based on existing models in other major cities, where designated areas will have a taxi rank, taxi marshals, CCTV and safety lighting, and emergency contact points in a bid to help disperse night-time revellers safely.

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