"Stay safe" Christmas campaign

Police in Newcastle and Sunderland are working with door staff, street pastors and pubs to make sure people stay safe at night in the city centres.

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Full report: Street pastors help revellers in Sunderland

The run-up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for bars and pubs in the North East, as well as for those looking out for the people who drink in them.

Last night, we reported on the work police are doing in Newcastle. Tonight we follow a group of volunteers in Sunderland who patrol the city's streets until 4am: handing out water, blankets and even flips flops.

The street pastors work with a mobile treatment unit, taking the pressure off the ambulances and A&Es.

Katie Oakes reports.

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Sunderland street pastors help party-goers

Street pastors checking on party go-ers on Sunderland Credit: ITV

Sunderland's Street pastors are volunteers who patrol the busiest areas in the city, trying to make sure everyone gets home safely. The hand out bottled water and organise taxis when people are struggling to get home.

The Sunderland street team Credit: ITV

The facility, run by St John's Ambulance and Sunderland City Council, is the first point of call for medical treatment, taking the pressure off paramedics and A&Es.

A treatment centre is also there to help those in need Credit: ITV

Keeping Christmas party-goers safe in Newcastle

The nightlife in Newcastle draws tourists from all over the country to its bars and clubs.

Keeping people safe while they're here is the main priority of a huge policing operation.

And it's what's going on behind the scenes, before the bars have even opened, that is making a difference.

As the city gears up for the Christmas party rush, Katie Oakes joined officers on patrol.

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