Gloucestershire Police will be at various Fresher's Fairs to talk to students about the effects of alcohol
4:03pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
STUDENTS have the chance to win a year's supply of baked beans during Fresher's Fair, courtesy of Gloucestershire Police.
Officers will be at the Fresher’s Fair at Hartpury College between 10am and 2pm and at University of Gloucestershire between 11am and 4pm to speak to students about drinking safely and responsibly.
One lucky student at each of the venues will have the opportunity to win a year’s worth of baked beans.
To be in with a chance of winning students need to visit the Gloucestershire Police stand at the Fair and answer a number of questions about alcohol safety.
There will also be an opportunity for a third student to win the prize at the Royal Agricultural University on October 9.
Licensing Officer for Gloucestershire Constabulary, Jenny Stephenson, said: “It might seem a little odd that the police are running a competition for students to win beans but we’re eager to talk to as many new students as we possibly can about drinking and socialising safely and we’re hoping the prospect of more than 100 free meals might encourage them to come and talk to us.”
The beans have been kindly donated by ASDA and The Co-Operative and samples of non-alcoholic wine and soft drinks, provided by SHS Drinks, will also be available at the stand.
“We by no means want to stop these new students from going out and enjoying the nightlife in our county but we do want them to think about how much they are drinking and to consider the effects alcohol related anti social behaviour can have on their community,” Jenny added.
Alongside the Fresher’s fairs Gloucestershire Constabulary have teamed up with Cheltenham Borough Council to deliver personal safety messages to Fresher’s as part of their Positive Socialising campaign during the first two weeks of the semester.
The campaign has seen the launch of a targeted poster campaign to promote ways of keeping safe from sexual violence. The posters highlight the things to do to prevent alcohol-related rapes and sexual assaults.
They also reinforce to potential offenders that sex without consent, or with someone too drunk to consent, constitutes rape. Wristbands are also being given out to highlight the helpline number to those who may need it.
Between 14 and 21 September Cheltenham police officers will be joined by Cheltenham Borough Council’s licensing and public protection team in a joint street-safe operation.
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