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NiteSafe is one of the many multi-agency initiatives which Safer Neighbourhoods and its many partners support. It aims simply to keep people safe and well during their night out in the many town centre pubs and clubs in Scunthorpe, by offering help and assistance to people who may have had too much to drink.
Like a swan swimming serenely on a lake, you don’t see all the frantic paddling beneath the surface. The Nite Safe team is made up of lots of different people from lots of different organisations doing lots of different things.
The Licensing Team from North Lincs Council (NLC) regularly visit premises to ensure that they comply with the terms of their licence. The Environmental Health Team make sure that premises offering food and drink are clean and hygienic. They also deal with any complaints of premises that are too noisy.
The Council’s CCTV Centre keep a close watch on what is happening on the streets and can alert the police or NiteSafe Officers of any disturbances such as fights or if someone has collapsed in a doorway.
The Fire Service too visit premises to make sure that they are not fire traps waiting to happen. They advise licensees on the number of people they should allow into the premises. They point out fire hazards, ensure there are enough fire extinguishers and that all exits are free from blockages so that in the event of a fire patrons can leave the premises quickly and safely.
Our NiteSafe Officers patrol the streets on Saturday night (and also on bank holidays) and are in radio contact with all the Licensed Door Supervisors – this means that if there is trouble the NiteSafe Officers can offer support where it is needed most. They are also in constant radio contact with the police.
Speaking of radios – Safer Neighbourhoods have also supplied all the licensed premises, some takeaways, the Licensed Door Supervisors and the two NiteSafe Officers with radios so that not only can they communicate between themselves, but the radio is also monitored by the CCTV centre who will summon additional assistance (police, ambulance, fire service, etc) if they hear an appeal for help.
Safer Neighbourhoods has also arranged for barriers to be put into place on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm onwards in order to make the town centre a pedestrian zone – thus eliminating any road traffic accidents.
As you can imagine Humberside Police are a very visible in the Town Centre and they are committed to making sure that if any trouble does flare up it is dealt with quickly. They are also a reassuring presence for the licensees and revellers alike.
Sadly, on occasion an ambulance is needed and our colleagues in the East Midlands Ambulance Service are always on hand to deal with any emergencies.
The pubs and clubs themselves are part of an organisation called PubWatch – they too are in constant contact warning other premises if a known troublemaker is on the town, etc.
And last but not least we have our Street Pastors, a Christian support group from different churches who are on hand to offer help and assistance to anyone who needs it. Sometimes they simply chat to people and offer a friendly ear to anyone who needs it; occasionally it is to provide flip-flops to a young lady who may have broken the heel on her shoe or to give a cup of coffee to someone who has over-indulged on alcohol and who needs to sober up a little before being helped into a taxi home.
All in all we and our partners are there to help you enjoy your night out secure in the knowledge that help is at hand if you need it.