Daytime street marshals will patrol the streets at weekends from today to help Christmas shoppers and partygoers stay safe.
A team of marshals will be located in high footfall areas of the city every Saturday and Sunday up until Christmas Eve.
The street marshals - employed by Leeds crime prevention partnership, BACIL - will work alongside West Yorkshire Police and the day time security teams. Their role is to ensure that everyone coming to Leeds, whether for work, shopping or enjoyment, stays safe and is offered support when they need it.
BACIL Manager Sean Walker said: “Over the next few weeks many, many people will visit Leeds, lots of whom don’t come in on a regular basis. Our street marshals provide a welcome and reassuring presence on the streets, giving directions, resolving any problems and supporting retailers where necessary.
“This will be the sixth year that BACIL has operated the Christmas street marshal scheme and we hope that, as usual, it will make a significant impact.
“They will be wearing BACIL branded, high visibility jackets and will work closely alongside store and bar security teams to whom they are connected, at all times, via two-way radios and online sharing platforms.”
The security initiative follows on from yesterday’s YEP story about the installation of seven temporary security gates in the city centre to prevent unauthorised vehicles accessing pedestrian areas, like Briggate.
The gates are closed from 10.30am to 7pm and will be opened manually by city centre staff for pre-approved legitimate access. Leeds City Council said the move is not in reaction to particular security threats in Leeds, but conceded that recent terror events were a factor.