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Taxi marshals set to keep revellers safe

07/12/2011

Irvine Herald

TAXI marshals will be on the rank in Irvine over the festive period as part of a five-week crackdown on crime.

North Ayrshire Council will be teaming up with the police, fire and rescue and various local agencies for the  annual Safer Streets purge.

In a bid to tackle alcohol related disorder and provide extra reassurance to those enjoying the festive cheer, the initiative will see extra patrols on the streets of the busiest towns including Irvine, Saltcoats and Largs.

Trading Standards team will carry out licensed premises checks along with police to ensure there is no sale of alcohol to under 18s.

Taxi marshals will be on the ranks in Irvine, Saltcoats and Largs to ensure festive party-goers get home safely after a night on the town.

The council’s anti-social behaviour team will be visiting residents while youth services will be working with the police to engage with young people in the town centres.

Community services spokesman Councillor Peter McNamara said: “As towns across North Ayrshire become increasingly busy with festive shoppers and party goers, we want to make sure opportunist thieves and alcohol related crime don’t dampen spirits during the season of goodwill.

“We will be working closely with local licensees, taxi drivers and our police partners along with the fire and rescue services and North Ayrshire CCTV to make sure people have fun but stay safe this festive season.”

Chief Inspector Roddy Newbigging said: “Towns become increasingly busy in December.

“With high visibility policing, mobile CCTV patrols and night time taxi marshals, we hope to help ensure local people are safe this festive season.”

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