Scheme to keep revellers safe in Accrington

A NEW initiative to keep people safe on nights out in Hyndburn has been launched.

The Nightsafe Haven will offer support to anybody who needs help or assistance on nights out in the lead up to the festive period.

A van in a flood-lit area in Church Street will run between 10.30pm and 3am, offering free water and medical assistance, every Saturday in December, as well as Friday, December 20, and Tuesday, December 31.

Insp Catherine Platt, from Accrington Police, said: “We want everyone to have both a safe and enjoyable time this Christmas and New Year, and the Nightsafe Haven is one of the methods we will be using to help ensure this happens.”

The multi-agency initiative - launched by Lancashire County and Hyndburn Borough Councils, St John’s Ambulance Service, and Asda.

Chair of Hyndburn’s Community Safety Partnership, Coun Pam Barton, said: “We’re happy to support the Nightsafe Haven scheme, which is all about helping people get home safely after enjoying the Christmas festivities in Accrington.”

As part of the preparations for the Christmas and New Year period, Accrington Police and Trading Standards will also be visiting every licensed premise within the town centre.

Plain clothes officers will also be patrolling the town centre’s pubs, bars and clubs to identify and quash trouble before it escalates.

Insp Platt said: “We have partnered with Lancashire County Council Trading Standards and Hyndburn Council to provide the Nightsafe Haven service to ensure everyone has a happy and enjoyable time this month.

“We want everyone to have both a safe and enjoyable time this Christmas and New Year, and the Nightsafe Haven is one of the methods we will be using to help ensure this happens.”

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10:21am Sun 8 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

Complete waste of money......
Complete waste of money...... Sajdin

10:35am Sun 8 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

It has come to something when adults are not capable of looking after themselves and need these type of initiatives to do it for them!
I remember an old Irish lady once saying to me 'I will not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brain'.
Take responsibility for your own actions and stop being a burden on society!
It has come to something when adults are not capable of looking after themselves and need these type of initiatives to do it for them! I remember an old Irish lady once saying to me 'I will not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brain'. Take responsibility for your own actions and stop being a burden on society! HarryBosch

11:36am Sun 8 Dec 13

Darren1951 says...

HarryBosch wrote:
It has come to something when adults are not capable of looking after themselves and need these type of initiatives to do it for them! I remember an old Irish lady once saying to me 'I will not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brain'. Take responsibility for your own actions and stop being a burden on society!
Hear, hear! Now, let's just get this right....... those people who chose to stay at home, or socialise indoors with friends, have part of their tax contributions wasted on feckless, irresponsible morons who think that they are entitled to "have a good time", and that someone else can foot the bill and clean up the mess afterwards.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: It has come to something when adults are not capable of looking after themselves and need these type of initiatives to do it for them! I remember an old Irish lady once saying to me 'I will not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brain'. Take responsibility for your own actions and stop being a burden on society![/p][/quote]Hear, hear! Now, let's just get this right....... those people who chose to stay at home, or socialise indoors with friends, have part of their tax contributions wasted on feckless, irresponsible morons who think that they are entitled to "have a good time", and that someone else can foot the bill and clean up the mess afterwards. Darren1951

1:53pm Sun 8 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Yeah down with this sort of thing, burn them all!

While we are at it lets go chase the fat people out of town for costing us money on the NHS, the people who decide to have kids and then claiming extra income for them, smokers, drivers for killing the planet etc etc

Grow up :)
Yeah down with this sort of thing, burn them all! While we are at it lets go chase the fat people out of town for costing us money on the NHS, the people who decide to have kids and then claiming extra income for them, smokers, drivers for killing the planet etc etc Grow up :) HelmshoreMan2010

2:40pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Darren1951 says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
Yeah down with this sort of thing, burn them all! While we are at it lets go chase the fat people out of town for costing us money on the NHS, the people who decide to have kids and then claiming extra income for them, smokers, drivers for killing the planet etc etc Grow up :)
Well, now you come to mention it.......
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: Yeah down with this sort of thing, burn them all! While we are at it lets go chase the fat people out of town for costing us money on the NHS, the people who decide to have kids and then claiming extra income for them, smokers, drivers for killing the planet etc etc Grow up :)[/p][/quote]Well, now you come to mention it....... Darren1951

4:13pm Sun 8 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Ha fair comment, nice one!

All jokes aside (and although I barely go out anymore) my generation are the ones causing this trouble but it really is a minority causing the majority of the trouble. I know there is added costs with litter picking etc the morning after and policing but there is a whole industry of jobs reliant on 'us boozers' from takeaways (that pay business rates, VAT and provide jobs) to bouncers and bar staff.

I work two jobs to afford my house and work my fingers to the bone, surely I'm allowed a good booze up every now and then :)
Ha fair comment, nice one! All jokes aside (and although I barely go out anymore) my generation are the ones causing this trouble but it really is a minority causing the majority of the trouble. I know there is added costs with litter picking etc the morning after and policing but there is a whole industry of jobs reliant on 'us boozers' from takeaways (that pay business rates, VAT and provide jobs) to bouncers and bar staff. I work two jobs to afford my house and work my fingers to the bone, surely I'm allowed a good booze up every now and then :) HelmshoreMan2010

4:17pm Sun 8 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

As a side point, the reason people are getting so drunk so quickly is because of the cost of going out (I won't even bother going out without £50 - £60 minimum now). There has become a worrying trend with people I know and people my age in general 'pre-drinking' before they go out to save money but as a knock on effect they start the night already drunk.

Blame them or blame the cost of living, but that's the main cause and main difference.
As a side point, the reason people are getting so drunk so quickly is because of the cost of going out (I won't even bother going out without £50 - £60 minimum now). There has become a worrying trend with people I know and people my age in general 'pre-drinking' before they go out to save money but as a knock on effect they start the night already drunk. Blame them or blame the cost of living, but that's the main cause and main difference. HelmshoreMan2010

5:32pm Sun 8 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

Nobody is saying that people shouldn't go out HelmshoreMan, we've all been teenagers. But I was making the point that people, when they do go out, should have enough sense to look after themselves and not expect others to take on that responsibility. If people drank sensibly and didn't act violently and just treated each other with respect and common decency then, not only would it save money but, surely it would make the world a better place to live in.
Nobody is saying that people shouldn't go out HelmshoreMan, we've all been teenagers. But I was making the point that people, when they do go out, should have enough sense to look after themselves and not expect others to take on that responsibility. If people drank sensibly and didn't act violently and just treated each other with respect and common decency then, not only would it save money but, surely it would make the world a better place to live in. HarryBosch

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