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Patrols on trains over Christmas

Train passengers across the North East have been warned to take care when travelling over the Christmas period.

British Transport Police will conduct a series of high visibility patrols across the region to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Passengers are being warned to drink responsibly and look after their belongings in crowded places.

Operations will be carried out at Newcastle, Darlington, Sheffield, York, Leeds, Lincoln, and Doncaster stations.

North East Area Acting Superintendent Danny Snee said: "People should enjoy themselves, but respect their fellow passengers and rail staff.

"If you are drinking, drink in moderation and you are less likely to end your night in a police station."

"We want rail passengers and staff to travel in safety and security and without the fear of drunken violence."

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