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Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Police and partners are putting additional resources into the town centre over the festive period
There will be more police, street angels and street marshalls in Huddersfield town centre this Christmas.
Kirklees Council and partners has launched the A Safer Kirklees, A Safer Christmas scheme to ensure shoppers, revellers and families enjoy the festive period safely.
The scheme is being rolled out in Kirklees town centres and will see extra resources deployed by West Yorkshire Police, Pub Watch, Huddersfield Partnership and Street Angels during December.
Safer Kirklees is also providing Street Marshalls, working with door staff, licensees and town centre police officers, who will be in Huddersfield town centre every Friday and Saturday night during December.
Clr Naheed Mather, Kirklees Council's portfolio holder for communities and environment, said: " The council is committed to providing a friendly and inviting place to celebrate the festive period for all. Our continued investment into our partnerships, collaboration and joint commitment means everyone can enjoy what’s on offer this winter."
Clr Peter McBride, Kirklees Council's portfolio holder for economy, said: " There’s lots on offer this Christmas and we want everyone to come into the town centres and enjoy themselves safely with the knowledge there is plenty of support for those in need on our streets.”
Mark Hollingsworth, Chair of the Huddersfield Pubwatch Scheme, added: “We’ve invested in making Huddersfield a place to come and socialise. With our pub-to-pub radio systems, information sharing with our partners such as the police and well-trained staff, we’re looking forward to a fun and safe Christmas across the pubs, bars and restaurants of Huddersfield.”
Dianne Hughes, coordinator for Huddersfield Street Angels, said: “We’ll be providing a reassuring presence on the streets throughout the Christmas period, including late night shopping times. We’re well received by those out to socialise and those working across Huddersfield’s night time economy.
"We’re here as a friendly face, a helping hand and to keep an eye out for the vulnerable too. As volunteers we are always looking for people to join us and help make our town a friendly, safe place to be.”
A ‘Night of Action’ by the Safer Kirklees partnership will be delivered in December. Teams from Kirklees Council’s licensing teams and West Yorkshire Police will be ensuring that taxis, licensed premises and venues are both safe and compliant.
The Safer Kirklees, Safer Christmas initiative will also be providing guidance to residents throughout December via social media using #SaferKirkleesSaferChristmas.