Marshals to patrol Leeds streets and help partygoers stay safe this Christmas

BACIL marshals on Briggate.
BACIL marshals on Briggate.
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A TEAM of marshals will patrol the streets of Leeds to help shoppers partygoers stay safe during the busy Christmas period.

Business Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL) has taken on board a team of day and night time marshals to work in high footfall areas of the city centre.

Sean Walker, BACIL manager, said: “Over the next few weeks many people will visit the city centre and there are bound to be a few who get slightly carried away with the festive cheer!

“We want to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time and finds their way home again safely.

“That’s why we have employed a team of street marshals to provide a welcome and reassuring presence on the streets, who will resolve any problems and offer support where necessary.

“This will be the fourth year that the street marshal scheme has run and they have made a big impact in previous years.

“We have seen year-on-year drops in the number of recorded incidents and this can, in part, be attributed to their presence, reassuring members of the public and resolving potential incidents before they escalate.”

Marshals will wear high visibility BACIL jackets and will work alongside shop and bar security teams and West Yorkshire Police.