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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.
One volunteer told us that she works in the hope that there would be somebody there if one of her children needed help.
Sunderland street pastor, co-ordinator Colin Fozzard, says that the team works for the love of Sunderland and that they're now well known on the city's streets.
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 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.
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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