Don’t be a Dick this Christmas

Revellers in Weston-super-Mare are being asked ‘Don’t be a Dick’ as their Christmas celebrations get under way.

North Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset Police have teamed up again to run the ‘Dick and Franny’ campaign in a bid to make drinkers think about their behaviour during nights out over the festive period.

It is aimed at 18 to 30-year-olds who will be out enjoying Weston’s pubs and clubs and remind them what can happen if they over do the festive cheer.

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The campaign features two characters – Richard and Francesca – in a series of different situations, reflecting the most common problems people cause or encounter on a night out.

This year, the duo fall foul of new Public Space Protection Orders – such as being fined £75 for peeing in the street.

The eye-catching campaign is one element in a programme of joint initiatives aimed at reducing alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder and supporting a more diverse night-time economy in Weston-super-Mare.

Acting chair of PubWatch, Hayley Johnson, said: “We want everyone to have a safe night out by drinking responsibly and ensuring alcohol doesn’t ruin their or anyone else’s Christmas.

“This is why we are supporting the council’s Dick and Franny campaign to help create a safe and enjoyable night out for everyone.”