Taxi marshals will be helping to keep the peace in Leeds city centre during the Christmas period, it was announced today.
The marshals will be in place at taxi ranks near Leeds City Station and Woodhouse Lane’s Oceana nightclub and also on Call Lane.
They will work in conjunction with police community support officers to stop revellers getting out of hand while they wait for cabs home.
The scheme has been organised by Safer Leeds, an anti-crime agency whose members include Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.
Coun 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.”
West Yorkshire Police’s Insp Richard Clarke 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.”
The marshals will be on duty from 10pm to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays up to and including New Year’s Eve,