Taxi marshals will help revellers get home safely
TAXI marshals will again be helping revellers in Llanelli and Carmarthen to get home safely this Christmas.
The marshals will be based at Island Place in Llanelli and Blue Street in Carmarthen between 11pm and 4am during the busy festive run-up.
It is hoped the marshals, funded by the Community Safety Partnership, will help to cut anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime in the town centres as well as protect the public and reduce the fear of crime.
This is the third year running the taxi marshals have been employed by the partnership. They will be working on the following nights:
• Saturday, December 11
• Friday, December 17
• Saturday December 18
• Boxing Day (Sunday, December 26)
• Bank Holiday Monday (December 27)
• New Year’s Eve (December 31)
The marshals are registered with the Security Industry Authority and will be wearing high visibility jackets. They will also be carrying radios so they will have direct contact with the police.
The marshals have been extremely successful since they were first introduced in Llanelli three years ago. They are also being employed at other busy times during the year such as the autumn rugby internationals.
Community Safety Inspector Tony Ward said: “Unfortunately, anti-social behaviour and alcohol-induced violence can often occur once people leave late-night bars and nightclubs. By introducing marshals, we can try to make sure that people are able to leave the town centres by taxi as safely and quickly as possible to reduce this risk.
“This is one of a number of initiatives that we are working on to combat late-night anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime in the town centres.”
The Community Safety Partnership is committed to tackling violent and alcohol-related crime which has been identified as one of the partnership’s six priorities for the next three years.
Executive board member for community safety Councillor Pam Palmer said: “The taxi marshals will help ensure increased safety for late-night revellers as well as the drivers who take them home.
“Taxi ranks can often be a flashpoint for disorder, particularly late at night when
queues develop. The marshals will control crowds, defuse potential violent incidents and help to create a safer atmosphere in the town centres.
“I am confident that this scheme will be of real benefit to the people of Carmarthenshire and make both Llanelli and Carmarthen a safer place at night.”