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Another night out for officers

A second "night out in town" involving police and council officers, street pastors, marshals and representatives from Hetty's and Framework has been organised by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC).

It follows a similar exercise carried out last month (November) designed to help revellers have a trouble-free night out and to get home safely.

As part of the forthcoming night of action, MPAC has purchased some DVDs with stark alcohol-related safety messages. These are to be shown on screens in town centre licensed premises, and King's Mill Hospital and West Notts College are also being asked if they will screen them.

The night itself, Saturday, December 15, will see staff from the organisations taking part hand out bottles of water and lollipops to members of the public as they leave town centre pubs and clubs. They will also chat to them about how they plan to get home.

Lessons learned from the first night out project have been taken into account in planning this one. The team will take to the streets later, will stay longer and will be located at premises rather than on a stall.

The getting home safely message is key to the work and supports Mansfield District Council's Who's Taking You Home? campaign.

Commenting on the work, Mansfield Police Inspector Neil Williams said: "The first "night out" proved successful in clearly demonstrating that a range of organisations do work together to help keep Mansfield a safe place to enjoy a night out.

"This second will further underline that as well as giving everyone involved face-to-face opportunities to chat about how important it is to plan how people are going to get home at the end of a night out."

Marsha Mann, Community Safety Officer with MPAC added: "Although it sounds back-to-front, when you're organising a night out, one of the first things to plan is how you are going to get home. Book a taxi or sort out a lift before you go. If you do need to call a taxi while you are out, use a firm you know and trust.

"At the end of the evening, always leave a pub or a club with a friend, someone who will make sure you get home safely - and someone you can do the same for."

Published 07 December 2012

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