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Resort drinkers take the biscuit

The goodie bag will also contain a bottle of water

Biscuits will be handed out to pub and club goers in Blackpool as part of a "goodie bag" to encourage sensible drinking over Christmas.

Police will distributing 5,000 bags containing a bottle of water, a drug awareness pack, a drink spiking cap, lollipops and biscuits.

Operation Archangel begins this weekend and involves police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Blackpool.

Hotels, pubs and other busy venues will be targeted.

'Alternate drinks'

Pc Lyndsey Hooper, of Lancashire police, said: "We want to engage with people who are out having a good time to remind them of the importance of safe and sensible drinking and to remind them of the potential situations that they can get themselves in if they drink too much.

"The goodie bags include a drug awareness pack which provides advice on safe clubbing as well as a drink spiking cap which people can put on their bottle to prevent their drink from being spiked.

"There are also some biscuits so that those drinking can line their stomachs and water to encourage people to alternate their drinks - all essentials for a safe night out in town."

Blackpool was one the first areas to trial giving away lollipops to drinkers to reduce alcohol-related violence.

Police in Bolton are handing out bubble-blowers to drinkers to cut anti-social behaviour as they make their way home.

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