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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Taxi marshals scheme in west Cumbria hailed a success

A new taxi patrol tackling booze-fuelled trouble on west Cumbria’s streets has been hailed a success.

Sgt Richard Farnworth photo
Sgt Richard Farnworth

A team of taxi marshals have been out in force in Workington and Whitehaven for the first time.

Police say the new scheme is paying off after a peaceful weekend with very little crime or disorder.

There were no incidents reported in Whitehaven between midnight and 4am and just two in Workington – a man who was banned from the town centre for the night and a woman requiring medical treatment after convulsing outside a nightclub.

The taxi marshals, or ‘bouncers’ as they’re also known, are qualified security staff who patrol the queues at cab ranks providing a high-visibility presence. They are on duty from midnight until 4am and are equipped with

Pubwatch radios to keep them in constant communication with police, door staff, licencees and each other.

Sgt Richard Farnworth, chairman of the West Cumbria Community Safety Partnership (CSP) tactical delivery group, said: “It was a peaceful night and the marshals did what they’re supposed to and managed to prevent crime and disorder.”

The scheme was brought in following regular reports of trouble caused by drunken revellers on Saturday nights outside bars and clubs.

It was developed by the CSP, along with Allerdale Council. The Workington scheme is being funded by Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and the CSP is funding the Whitehaven initiative.

The bouncers, who are supplied by Carlisle firm Safe and Sound Security, will be on patrol in the Washington Street area in Workington and Duke Street in Whitehaven every Saturday night until New Year’s Eve, including Festive Friday and Boxing Day.

Philip Tibble, executive member of Allerdale council and CSP chairman, said: “We want people to enjoy the nightlife in Workington, but we also want them to feel safe.

“We want to prevent a minority from spoiling other people’s enjoyment.

“The taxi marshals will prevent disorder in and around the taxi ranks, ensuring people can get home safely at the end of the evening.”

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