Safer Leeds is again enlisting taxi marshalls for the run up to Christmas along with trying out new measures to enhance public safety for the festive season.
The marshalls are part of a range of measures being put in place by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police, who are working with Health and Business Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL) to ensure safety and reduce crime in the city centre.
A trial of night time traffic management measures at The Calls and on Albion St will be brought in this year to control the movement of traffic in the interests of public safety. These controls will be in affect from Friday 30 November between 11pm and 5am.
The taxi marshalls will be located at three taxi ranks across the city -- Leeds Railway Station, Call Lane/Corn Exchange and adjacent to the Oceana nightclub on Woodhouse Lane. Marshalls will be working alongside the street marshals who are patrolling the areas outside nightclubs as well as Police Community Support Officers and police volunteer constables.
Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:
“Keeping our city safe is really important. People want to be able to go out knowing they will be safe, and this is one of the main reasons for the council and partners coming together to fund these measures.
“This scheme has been very successful in the past and will reassure people in our city centre again”
Inspector Richard Clarke, who heads the City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:
"Leeds city centre continues to be a very safe place to enjoy a night out. The reassuring presence of the taxi marshals in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year will complement the work we and our partner agencies are doing to help people enjoy the season safely."
Andy Johnston manager of BACIL said:
“BACIL members were more than happy to help make Leeds an even safer place by supplying marshals to assist our members and other businesses to reduce crime and anti social behaviour in Leeds city centre for the festive period”.
Notes to editors:
The shared funding for the Marshals has come from LCC City Centre Management; LCC Community Safety; BACIL; Health ;Network Rail and WYP POCA funds.
The taxi ranks will have three marshalls working from 10pm - 3am each Friday and Saturday night up to and including New Years Eve.
Business Against Crime In Leeds (BACIL) will also be supplying marshalls for the day and night time economies. On the four Saturdays in the run up to Christmas BACIL marshals will patrol the shopping precincts from 1.30 to 5.30pm and assist the night time marshals from 10.00pm to 2.00pm. Street Angels will be operating fortnightly on Friday night in the city centre working out of Trinity Church Café to engage with people out in the city centre. Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also have two static vehicles located in the city centre to assist those who need assistance, but not to the extent of necessitating a visit to A&E.
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