Police give students safety tips
Police are issuing personal safety advice to students as they arrive at Leicester's two universities.
Officers at the city's Mansfield House and Hinckley Road stations are urging students against excessive drinking during their time in the city, particularly during freshers' week.
They are also spelling out the consequences of a criminal conviction which can, in some cases, lead to expulsion from university.
Sergeant Nicola Preston, deputy commander of the city centre's Mansfield House police station, said: "Each year thousands of students begin their study courses at the universities in Leicester, and part of freshers' week involves a lot of socialising in licensed bars and clubs.
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"Inevitably, this means some young people become very drunk, and they may come to the attention of the police.
"I would like to thank the majority of students who are generally well behaved.
"For example, on Monday night, there were more than 3,000 students in the city centre and only one was arrested.
"Don't let alcohol spoil your night out. Take care of yourself and your friends, and stay safe."
Police offered the following advice:
Do not leave a friend who is drunk on their own and make sure they get home safely.
Do not carry large sums of money.
Remember that people who are drunk are particularly vulnerable to criminals who may want to steal from you, assault you, or sexually assault you.
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