'This is about us trying to prevent offences from happening,' say police
THE METROPOLITAN POLICE is to send 'rape warning' text messages to partygoer's phones over the Christmas period.
As well as warning of the increased chances of being raped when out drinking during the party season, the texts are to hand out safety advice and helpline numbers.
"This is about us trying to prevent offences from happening in the first place," said the Met's Detective Superintendent Jason Ashwood.
"It is an unfortunate fact of life that there are individuals out there who will try and take advantage of people when their inhibitions are lowered. If a person is unconscious or their judgment is impaired by alcohol they are legally unable to consent."
To receive the Met's texts, mobiles need to be bluetooth or wi-fi enabled. To reach those without such access, Met officers are also to issue leaflets with similar warning messages around bars and clubs.
Boroughs so far covered by the phone-warning scheme are Camden, Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster.