North Devon revellers are reminded to take care and ensure they can get home safely from New Year’s Eve festivities

Double the number of officers will be on the streets of North Devon this Sunday as police prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett said months of planning had gone into policing for the night and making sure everyone enjoyed themselves without coming to harm.

He said an additional team of officers had been rostered for work, including several giving up their rest days to be on duty.

With thousands once again expected to take to the streets for the celebrations, especially in Bideford, Insp Bartlett said: “We would just ask people to enjoy themselves but be aware of their surroundings. If they are in a group, make sure someone is always in a position to look after the others.

“Make plans to get home – there will be a huge number of people and not enough taxis, so people need to make plans to get home safely.”

Insp Bartlett said the police aimed to make sure there were enough resources available to respond to emergencies, with double the number of officers on duty, including senior management.

But he said all the emergency services would be under pressure on New Year’s Eve.