A POLICE force has revealed the arrests behind a busy New Year's Eve night – with 80 people arrested for offences including theft, assault, and drink driving.

Between 6pm on New Year’s Eve and 6am on New Year’s Day, officers arrested 80 people from across the Cleveland Police force area.

More than 20 people were arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop, 12 for assault by beating, five for drink driving, five for grievous bodily harm and four for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Other people were arrested for assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage, common assault, possessing drugs and for threatening behaviour.

This is in addition to arrests made over the festive period for four murders on Teesside.

T/Chief Superintendent Alison Jackson, who was out on patrol on New Year’s Eve with officers, said: “Officers and staff across the force worked tirelessly on New Year’s Eve to keep everyone safe. “This night was one of the busiest of the year and I am so proud of everyone for their hard work and determination to keep our communities safe. All of our officers and staff work around the clock every day of the year, which includes the festive period. They sacrifice their time with their family and friends, on occasions putting their lives on the line to keep the public we serve safe. "I am grateful for their amazing work."