Merseyside Police are reminding people to stay safe and look out for each other while enjoying the Liverpool nightlife this weekend with lockdown restrictions eased.
On Monday (19 July) saw the government move to the final stages of easing Covid lockdown restrictions, meaning this is the first weekend nightclubs and other venues are allowed to re-open since the beginning of the pandemic.
Liverpool City Centre is expected to be busy this weekend and, due to a number of unacceptable incidents of violence and hate crime against LGBT+ people in recent weeks, police presence has been stepped up in areas where people are expected to visit bars and clubs.
There will continue to be a 24-hour police presence across Liverpool City Centre and officers will be visible to provide reassurance and help ensure everyone has a safe night out.
The mobile police station will be out in various city centre locations to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it as part of our focused operation to tackle the recent incidents of hate crime in the City Centre.
Travel Safe officers will also be working with British Transport Police to help make sure that everyone has a safe journey to and from town.
Chief Inspector Matthew Moscrop, from the Liverpool Community Policing team, said:
“We know that many people across Merseyside will be really looking forward to enjoying a night out without restrictions after a long and difficult lockdown. Our officers will be out and about across the City Centre to make sure that everyone has a safe weekend.
“From Seel Street to the Pride Quarter, from the Baltic Market to Matthew Street, our officers will be there to provide reassurance so if you have any concerns please do come and speak to us either at our mobile police station or while we’re out on patrol.
“While we do not want to spoil anyone’s fun, we simply will not tolerate anti-social or criminal behaviour under any circumstances.
“Liverpool is a friendly, welcoming city and nobody should face threats or violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Hate has no place on Merseyside and our officers are committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy their night out free from violence and abuse.
“Remember that around half of all violent crimes committed are alcohol related and that if you drink at home, then go out, you are more likely to be involved in violence.
“We want people to ask themselves whether they want to have their night ended early because they are refused entry to a pub or bar having consumed too much alcohol too early. Drink sensibly and look out for your friends.
“Many venues are likely to be busy this weekend, so you may need to plan ahead and think about where you’re going and how you’re getting home. If you are having a drink, leave the car at home and take a taxi or public transport – don’t risk your life and those of others by drink driving.
“Finally, but importantly, please remember that Covid still poses a risk to our communities with cases increasing in many areas of Merseyside. If you’re feeling unwell, stay at home and get tested rather than risk spreading the virus.
“Wherever you choose to enjoy our nightlife this weekend, remember to be respectful of others, stay safe and make your night out one to remember rather than one to forget.”
Report any crime by calling 101 or on the website. Reports that are not urgent can be made via @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook.
Always call 999 in an emergency.