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Police patrols mean Yule have extra company on the railway this Christmas

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British Transport Police officers will be providing extra patrols at stations in Manchester to welcome and reassure visitors to the city, as the countdown to Christmas begins.
As the Christmas markets open and the party season starts, officers will be increasing their patrols and are calling on the travelling public to play their part in ensuring a season of goodwill to all.
 
The high visibility patrols will provide extra reassurance to people travelling into the city and, as with previous years, officers are calling on the public to show consideration to their fellow passengers and station staff.
 
Chief Inspector Andrea Graham said: “We want everyone to enjoy the festivities and make the most of the fabulous attractions our city has to offer knowing that we will be there at stations helping to keep them safe.
“We’re asking people who’re planning on having a few drinks in town not to overdo it – take a reality check and have a bit of consideration for your fellow passengers and station staff – we’re not killjoys; we want you to have a good time but don’t cross the line.
“In most cases of anti-social behaviour or violence, excessive alcohol is involved so it’s important you know your limits and don’t risk jeopardising your lift home by having that extra one for the road. Anyone considered too intoxicated will be refused travel.”
 
Passengers are also asked to extend the season of goodwill to fellow passengers and rail staff.
Chief Inspector Graham added: “Services at this time of year are always busy and everyone’s patience can be tested but please don’t take this out on rail staff who are simply doing their job at an incredibly demanding time.
“Busy trains are also a dream for would-be pickpockets so please keep your belongings safe at all times. Most thieves are opportunists so don’t make it easy for them by leaving your shopping or expensive belongings like laptops and mobile phones unattended. 
“Please pay attention to your surroundings; it’s easy to become distracted when stations and trains are busy but your ears and eyes are a massive weapon in the fight against crime – if you see anything suspicious, no matter how small, please report it to station staff, one of our officers, or text 61016.
“Far from being the Grinch, we want everyone to have a fun Christmas safe in the knowledge that we’re working to keep them safe. Together we’ve got it covered.”

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