Officers welcome new students to Cheshire Date published: 21st September 2016 2.47pm

This week thousands of new university students are set to descend on Chester, Crewe and Warrington for the start of the new term.

As they settle into their new homes, Cheshire Police is reminding them to give some thought to their personal safety and their new neighbours.

Partnership Inspector Richard Spedding said: “Firstly I would like to congratulate all of the new students on their achievements and welcome them to Cheshire.

“As students move into their new homes, it’s important that they start to familiarise themselves with their surroundings and get to know the local area. Chester, Warrington and Crewe are both great places to live, work and study, they both have a vibrant nightlife with lots of different bars and clubs waiting to be explored.

“When out socialising all students need to drink responsibly and think about their personal safety. Drinking excessively can affect your judgement, meaning that you are more likely to do things you wouldn’t normally do, and can also put you at risk of injury or harm.

“When going out it’s also important that students plan their journey home and look after their friends, by doing so they can ensure that everyone gets home safely at the end of the night.”

Throughout Fresher’s Week there will an increased number of officers on patrol in all our university towns and cities. Officers will also be attending the Fresher’s Fairs to introduce themselves to the students and offer crime reduction advice.

Students are encouraged to follow the @PoliceChester and @PoliceWarrington twitter accounts and look out for the #Freshers2016 and #StreetSafe hashtags for the latest personal safety and crime reduction advice.

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “Starting University can be exciting, yet daunting at the same time, and whilst I welcome all of the new students to Cheshire, it’s important that they drink responsibly and stay safe when they go out socialising.

“I would also like to remind all students to respect their local communities. After speaking to residents across Cheshire I know that anti-social behaviour can have a major impact, which is why I will be working closely with the Chief Constable to tackle this issue over the coming years.”

Inspector Spedding added: “We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we want to make it clear that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and action will be taken against anyone who breaks the law.

“Anyone who drinks excessively and behaves in an anti-social manner faces the risk losing their freedom, and making the wrong decision could affect them for the rest of their lives.”