Revellers are being helped to have stay safe and well in Skegness with the help of a Lincolnshire Police led initiative.
Officers are organising a multi-agency ‘Safe Zone’ event in Skegness, tonight (Thursday).
The event, using the mobile police station as a hub, is based in Grand Parade and focusing on promoting public safety of ‘pubbers and clubbers’ in the town during the summer season.
Sgt Geoff Harrison, from the town’s Neighbourhood Community Patrol, said: “The summer season is traditionally a time of year when more people are out at night enjoying their holiday or evening out.
“For some, this is the only time of year they go out and we want to ensure that both locals and visitors have a safe and positive experience of Skegness. The increase in the amount of people drinking alcohol and potentially using controlled drugs has a direct influence on the levels of violent crime and disorder and we aim to tackle the problem through early intervention.
“Safe Zone events are initiatives that have been held in other Lincolnshire towns for a number if years and have always been well-received by our community. It is not about spoiling anyone’s fun. On the contrary, this form of preventative policing and multi-agency education, combining a highly visible presence with plain clothes activity, ensures our streets are safe for everyone.”
Officers are being supported by staff from other agencies including The Terrence Higgins Trust, EMAS and Addaction and the East Lindsey Domestic Abuse Team.
Potential trouble makers will be identified at an early stage and may be dealt with by use of section 27 notices, which give police the power to direct individuals to leave the area, helping law-abiding revellers enjoy themselves in a safe and secure environment.