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Bouncers plan for taxi ranks in west Cumbria

Bouncers will patrol taxi ranks in Workington and Whitehaven as part of efforts to tackle drunken troublemakers.

Sgt Richard Farnworth photo
Sgt Richard Farnworth

It’s the latest move by a crime-busting group to tackle violent crime across west Cumbria and will see the taxi marshals monitoring queues on Saturday nights from the end of this month.

The West Cumbria Community Safety Partnership (CSP) along with Allerdale and Copeland councils, will introduce the service with cash funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes.

Sergeant Richard Farnworth, chairman of the CSP tactical delivery group, said the aim of the marshals was to cut alcohol-related violent crime.

“We want people to be able to socialise in our town centres without the fear of being affected by individuals who have drunk far too much and cause trouble,” said Sgt Farnworth. We will not tolerate drunken violence and anti-social behaviour and taxi marshals are another means by which offenders are brought to justice.”

The marshals will be properly-registered door supervisors and will wear high-visibility clothing. Radios will allow them to communicate with each other, door supervisors, licensees and police around both towns.

Allerdale councillor Philip Tibble, executive member and chairman of the CSP, said the marshals would aim to prevent a “small minority” of spoiling other people’s enjoyment.

“We want people to enjoy the nightlife in Workington, but we also want them to feel safe,” he added. “The taxi marshals will prevent disorder in and around the taxi ranks ensuring people can get home safely at the end of the evening.”

The taxi marshals are expected to start their roles on September 28 and will continue until Christmas.

Have your say

yet another excuse to make money from people with fines and stuff

Posted by stee on 13 September 2013 at 17:54

People often talk about the cost involved in these attempts to make our streets safer but very few people talk about the £21 billion it costs for drink related incidents and illnesses or the £15 billion for drug related incidents and illnesses, that's £36 billion per year that could be better used in hospitals, schools, policing, etc.

Posted by D.R.O'Dear on 10 September 2013 at 14:22

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