December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Nightclub door staff will patrol town centre trouble hot-spots.
A NEW street marshal scheme has been launched in Barnstaple to help tackle late night trouble on the streets.
Four qualified door staff will carry out high visibility patrols around the Queen Street area every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, between 3am and 4am.
The scheme is being jointly funded by Safer North Devon and Fever and Boutique nightclub following fears that drink-related violence in the area are on the rise.
Police neighbourhood beat manager PC Paul Daw said: “On the whole, Barnstaple is a safe town with a vibrant night time economy and we want it to remain that way.
“However, there have previously been a few concerns about a perceived increase in violent offences in Queen Street, linked to the night-time economy.
“We hope this scheme will help to combat that perception, using trained door staff to help prevent and diffuse crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.”
Nightclub manager at Fever and Boutique, Vikky Whitworth, said: “As a responsible venue, we want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy their night out, minimising the risk of any trouble.
“We believe this scheme will help achieve this, with the street marshals offering assistance to any local premises in the area where necessary, helping to calm down any potential conflict situations.”
Street marshals will work with other door staff, as well as street pastors and police officers when needed.
They will also manage the taxi and takeaway queues and remove any bottles and glasses from the streets.
North Devon Council’s executive member for community, Councillor Yvette Gubb, said: “This scheme has worked well in other areas of the country and so I hope it will be similarly received here.
“As well as identifying and resolving potential incidents, the high visibility patrols will also go some way to offer help and reassurances to other members of the public, who are in town at that time of night.”
The scheme is expected to run until January 2 next year.