Night-time street and taxi marshals for Exeter thanks to summer safety cash

Night-time street and taxi marshals are to help make Exeter a safer place this summer as part of a £20,000 project.

The scheme is aimed at preventing antisocial antics by young people and cracking down on bad behaviour to boost the evening and night-time economy.

Some £10,000 of funding by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has been matched by the city council and its partners.

A contribution has also been made by the University of Exeter.

The cash will pay for street marshals on Friday and Saturday nights.

It will also fund taxi marshals on Saturdays from midnight to 4am and 11 ‘Helpzone’ nights provided by the Youth Unlimited Church.

The university’s Freshers’ Week in September will be covered by the initiative.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Alison Hernandez, said: “I’m aware some of our community are nervous about the spread of Covid during the unlock and may be too afraid to enjoy our beautiful towns, cities and coastline.

“Our experiences last summer showed that dry weather, alcohol and freedom led to some dire consequences.

“I want this opportunity to be used to prevent the escalation of antisocial behaviour because someone will intervene early setting clear expectations.

“The measures we are funding will help us keep an eye on both antisocial behaviour and the night-time economy and hopefully prevent any unwanted scenarios, allowing everyone to enjoy themselves.”

Superintendent Antony Hart, chair of Exeter Community Safety Partnership, added: “These initiatives will all help to ensure that Exeter is a safe city for everyone enjoying the evening and night-time economy.

“This funding is particularly timely given the reopening of many businesses in the city centre, but also the forthcoming anniversary of the murder of Lorraine Cox who was sadly killed following a night out in Exeter.

“Whilst serious incidents such as this remain very rare, having additional marshals as well as safe spaces available help to ensure that assistance is available when people need it, and incidents are prevented from escalating.”

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