Nightsafe 2 Swings Into Action To Boost Safety In Countdown To Christmas.

Friday, November 29, 2019

A special operation that sees police and partner agencies joining forces to boost public safety in Leeds city centre swings into action this weekend as the Christmas shopping and party season gets underway.

The wide-ranging initiative, dubbed Nightsafe 2, is being led by the city’s community safety partnership Safer Leeds and focuses on prevention, engagement and enforcement across a range of issues in the city centre and its busy night-time economy.

It sees police and council staff working alongside a large number of other agencies, volunteer groups and venues to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and keep people safe.

It features six key themes including safeguarding young people; environment; road and transport; wellbeing; violent and acquisitive crime; and licensing and regulation.

It follows an initial phase of the operation at the end of June that resulted in 14 arrests and the seizures of drugs and weapons, alongside a range of positive partnership work across the city. It also saw the arrest of a wanted serial sex attacker who was sentenced to eight years at court yesterday.

The highly visible and co-ordinated operation launched this afternoon (29/11) with a street briefing with partner agencies in City Square - the first of a series that will run throughout the weekend.

As well as reducing crime and anti-social and reassuring the public, the project aims to build stronger links and a more joined-up approach to community safety across the key agencies and groups in Leeds city centre.

The initiative brings together the work of a range of agencies including Safer Leeds, Children’s Services, Youth Justice, Licensing, Street Support Team, Environmental Health, Waste Management, neighbourhood policing teams, District Crime Team, Operation Capital, Operation Jemlock, Operation Servator, Safer Schools Officers, Hate Crime Co-ordinators, British Transport Police, Leeds BID, Businesses Against Crime In Leeds, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, UK Border Agency, Leeds General Infirmary, First Bus, Street Angels and Angels of Freedom.

Chief Inspector Richard Padwell, who is leading the operation, said: “We had some great results and excellent feedback from the first phase of Nightsafe and we are aiming to build on that work this weekend to make a really positive impact on public safety as we head into the countdown to Christmas.

“Clearly this time of year brings an increase footfall both around the city’s main shopping streets and in the night-time economy and we want to make sure people are safe and feel safe during their time here.

“We have solid well-established links with our partner agencies and already work closely together throughout the year, but the increased focus and co-ordination under Nightsafe 2 should help to reassure people and make sure the city is as safe and crime-free as we it can be.”

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