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North Wales Police in Bangor are set to increase patrols at Ysbyty Gwynedd over the festive season to combat any incidents of Anti Social Behaviour and reassure patients, visitors and hospital staff.  Traditionally hospital A&E units have are inundated over the Christmas and New Year ‘festive party season’ with a significant number of hospital admissions drink related and often accompanied by an entourage of well meaning friends in ‘high spirits’. 


In order to ensure the festive spirit does not spill over into rowdy or violent behaviour Police will increase High Visibility patrols at targeted times in the evenings and early hours.  Inspector Simon Barrasford of Bangor Police said “ Beginning Friday 14th December we are deploying Police personnel to Ysbyty Gwynedd to manage any incidents of disorder and provide a High Visibility presence to reassure patients, relatives and staff.  Our main priority will be supporting hospital security ensuring anyone attending A&E and slightly the worse for drink behave themselves and that nursing staff can work unhindered and to reassure patients and visitors.  


Police Officers, PCSOs and Special Constables are being deployed during the early evening  through to the early hours when most revellers are out enjoying the party season however potential disorder will not be the officers only concern.


Inspector Barrasford concluded "At this time of year the hospital often attracts extra visitor's who may just 'pop in' to visit relatives and sometimes forget about leaving valuables or recently purchased presents on display in their cars.   Together with hospital staff we will also patrol the car parks to both advise motorists and deter thieves from taking advantage.


"Like the whole community we want everyone to have a safe, secure and happy Christmas and by taking a few simple steps we can also prevent becoming a victim of crime.   Our patrols in A&E will be High Visibility but in the hospital environment adapted to a 'softly, softly' approach however where violence, criminality and ASB are witnessed a robust stance will be taken and arrests made.”


If you are concerned about incidents of violence, crime or ASB Police can be contacted by phoning 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.