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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Taxi marshals in bid to beat drink-fuelled violence

Marshals will patrol taxi ranks in Workington tonight in a bid to cut down on alcohol-fuelled disorder.

Sgt Richard Farnworth photo
Sgt Richard Farnworth

They have been recruited to prevent trouble breaking out in the town centre on a night when hundreds are expected to enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

The move, which is being funded by the West Cumbria Community Safety Partnership (CSP), proved its worth when it was launched in Whitehaven just over a year ago. Due to its success, it has now been rolled out to Workington.

Sergeant Richard Farnworth, from West Community Policing Unit, said that registered door supervisors will manage the taxi queues.

“It is all about preventing violent crime at the taxi rank and making sure our town centres are safe,” added Sgt Farnworth.

“It will also make the pubs an attractive place to socialise without the fear of crime, disorder or violence.”

The main aim of the marshals is to ensure people get home safely, increase public reassurance as well as preventing queue jumping.

They will also ensure the “orderly organisation” of taxi queues.

Workington’s Washington Street taxi rank now overflows onto the Udale Street car park, behind Marks & Spencer.

Following concerns from police and taxi drivers about the number of cabs trying to squeeze onto the existing rank, leading to congestion on the roads, Allerdale council looked at alternative options.

The authority came up with a number of potential locations, including a rank running through the middle of the pedestrianised shopping centre.

In March, the council’s licensing panel made a decision to have an overspill night-time rank on the car park.

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