Marshals to help keep evening visitors safer this Christmas

As part of their ongoing work to make sure everyone can feel safer on a night out in Huddersfield, Safer Kirklees Partnership have recruited six street marshals to work in  town between 11pm and 5am on Friday and Saturday nights in December.

The marshals are mainly working on Cross Church Street, John William Street, King Street and Zetland Street. They will be on hand to provide reassurance and assistance to anyone who needs it and – by working with the police, licensed premises and taxi drivers – they will deal with low-level disorder and reduce the likelihood of problems occurring.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“We have listened to the concerns of people visiting the town centre at night and we have committed to providing this additional level of support during the busy Christmas period.

“Huddersfield is still a safe town, and no more dangerous than any other, but we understand that coverage of specific incidents over the last few months may make people feel less confident in spending time here at night.

“I hope that the added presence of trained officers will encourage people to continue coming into our fantastic town this December.”

Inspector James Kitchen of Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team said:

“The new marshals will be an excellent addition to the town centre and will help to support and assist our officers in the run up to the festive period.

“In October we launched a policing operation following issues raised by residents about the town centre. In the past couple of months we have seen an improvement and are committed to ensuring that this continues to ensure that people living in or visiting Huddersfield can enjoy themselves and feel safe.

“We have already seen excellent partnership from business, with McDonalds supporting the Street Angels, providing a ‘safe place’ for them to work and support vulnerable people within the town centre. The work of the new marshals will only enhance this good work.

“We continually work in partnership with Safer Kirklees to develop an integrated approach to community safety with an aim to tackle criminality, anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related disorder.”

Safer Kirklees is a partnership made up of Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Probation services.

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