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Commissioner joins police to help keep revellers safe

4 December, 2014

LANCASHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner will be heading out onto the streets of Accrington this weekend to see first-hand the work being done to keep Christmas revellers safe.

Clive Grunshaw will join officers on patrol in the town and stop by the Nightsafe Haven – a special flood-lit van which aims to help keep the town’s streets trouble-free by offering partygoers a place to go for free water, medical assistance and any help and support they might need.

It’s been set up thanks to a partnership between Lancashire Constabulary, County Council Trading Standards, Hyndburn Council’s Community Safety Partnership and licensed premises across the town with the aim of ensuring everyone is able to enjoy their festive nights out.

And this Saturday (December 6) the Commissioner will also get to see first-hand how a new radio scheme linking the police, CCTV operators and pubs and bars across Accrington is helping officers deal with any trouble that does break out swiftly and effectively.

Mr Grunshaw said: “Ultimately all anyone wants is to be able to enjoy their Christmas nights out with their friends and work colleagues in an environment where they feel safe and relaxed.

“That is why the Nightsafe Haven is so important – if people do have too much to drink, find themselves separated from their friends or simply need someone to talk to, there is a safe place they can go.

“It is an initiative which has been successful in the past, and I hope it is again this year. Supported by the new radio scheme – which will be a vital tool for both officers and licensees – I am confident Accrington will be a safe place for everyone to enjoy their parties.”

The Nightsafe Haven will operate on Church Street in the town between 10.30pm and 3am every Saturday in December, as well as Friday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 31.

Insp Pam Holgate, from Accrington Police, said: “We want everyone to have both a safe and enjoyable time this Christmas and New Year, and the Nightsafe Haven is one of the methods we will be using to help ensure this happens”

“We have partnered with licensed premises, Lancashire County Council Trading Standards and Hyndburn Community Safety Partnership to provide the Nightsafe Haven service to ensure everyone has a happy and enjoyable time.

“The radio scheme will assist in making sure any person causing problems or who has drunk too much will be followed by the CCTV cameras across town.  Police and Door staff will be notified of where they are which will ensure they don’t get into any other premises. This will also enable Police officers to deal with them in a positive manor and ensure that they don’t spoil the evening for everyone else”

Chair of Hyndburn’s Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Pam Barton, said: “We’re happy to support the nightsafe haven scheme, which is all about helping people get home safely after enjoying the Christmas festivities in Accrington.”

And County Councillor Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection services, added: “Trading Standards work with managers of pubs and clubs to ensure their staff are well equipped to serve alcohol responsibly and refuse underage sales.

“Well-managed venues can make a real difference to everyone’s safety and the health and prosperity of the night-time economy. We’ll be making additional resources available to ensure our Check 25 County campaign is endorsed by all licensed premises in Accrington town centre all year round.”

As part of the preparations for the Christmas and New Year period, Accrington Police and Trading Standards will also be visiting every licensed premise within the town centre.

Plain clothes officers will also be patrolling the town centre’s pubs, bars and clubs to identify and deal with trouble before it escalates.

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