In the run up to Christmas, Bedfordshire Police is urging people to be aware of, and consider the consequences of, their actions when celebrating.
During the festive period, the force traditionally sees an increase in violent incidents in the evenings, usually as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.
Alcohol is not an excuse for violent behaviour and the force is urging people to drink responsibly, particularly asking people not to drink too much before they go out, and drink plenty of water throughout the night.
Further advice has also been issued by the force reminding people of the importance of consent when it comes to sex. If someone has not consented to sex, is too incapacitated to give their consent, or if they have fallen asleep, then pursuing sexual activity with them is a crime.
Please find attached some further tips on how to celebrate safely and sensibly this Christmas.