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Night of Action to promote town pride and highlight work to keep visitors safe

Date issued: 18 October 2017

Officers from Colchester Borough Council, Essex Police, Military Police, North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) and the UK Border Agency are joining forces for a Night of Action next week to highlight the work they regularly undertake to ensure community safety and promote pride in the town.

The multi-agency operation - running between 3pm on Friday 27 October to 3am on Saturday 28 October - is designed to raise the profile of the wide range of work carried out to keep the town centre safe for those visiting its bars, clubs and restaurants at night and then clean and tidy for shoppers the following day.

The event, supported by the Safer Colchester Partnership and Pubwatch, is designed to make the work each agency carries out on a regular basis more visible to those visiting the town centre.

On the night teams from across the organisations involved will work together to tackle and challenge a range of issues including anti-social behaviour and aggressive begging. They will also provide advice to residents and visitors to help ensure they enjoy a safe visit to the town centre.

Among the key activities scheduled to take place during the night include:

  • Noise monitoring by environmental health officers, both on demand across the borough as well as noise checks in venues such as pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • Licensing and environmental health inspections of food outlets including providing advice to pavement caf├ęs
  • Providing members of the public advice on ensuring they use licensed taxi or mini cab to get home after their night out
  • Traffic Police carrying out safety checks on taxis and licensed mini cabs. Council licensing officers will also ensure taxi and mini cab drivers are aware of the relevant rules and regulations of their trade.
  • Council's zone wardens tackling disposal of business waste, littering and antisocial behaviour
  • Parking enforcement in Head Street and around the Town Centre, including using the NEPP camera cars

High visibility officer and vehicle patrols will also be carried out by the police and military police during the night.

All the activities taking place during the Night of Action will be coordinated from a police base close to the SOS Bus on High Street.

Cllr Mike Lilley, Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Public Safety and Licensing, said: "Colchester is a fun and vibrant place for people of all ages to come and enjoy a night out or spend the day looking round the shops and exploring our rich historic heritage.

"Ensuring it remains a fun, safe, clean place is thanks to the efforts of a wide range of partners working often behind the scenes with businesses and the public. This initiative is designed to raise the profile of this excellent and valuable work that often goes unnoticed and unmentioned.

"The evening and night time economy is very important and brings many benefits to Colchester, from employment and regeneration to improving the positive perception of the borough. We are keen to continue working together to deliver a clear message that we all have a responsibility to ensure our town centre remains a safe and clean place at all times." 

Colchester Community Police Inspector Danielle Booth added: "Officers from the Community Policing Team and the Special Constabulary will be working shoulder-to-shoulder with partner agencies to promote a safer Colchester, and will deal robustly with anyone choosing to commit criminal offences and cause anti-social behaviour.

"With the Christmas party-season rapidly approaching, I am keen to build upon the strong working relationships that already exist with local licensees to provide and promote a safer Colchester for people visiting or socialising within the town centre."