Businesses sign up to new charter to keep town centre safe at night

11:00, Friday, 24th November 2023

Businesses and workers from Scunthorpe’s night time economy sector have signed up to the Safer Nights NL charter following a launch event that attracted 140 delegates to the Baths Hall.

Attendees at the event, which was organised by the North Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, included licensees, door and security workers, taxi drivers and bar staff.

Guest speakers covered a variety of topics, including information on drink spiking, taking action when someone else is at risk and Government campaigns Enough and Ask For Angela.

Paul Spence, founder of the One Punch campaign, gave an impactful speech about how even a single punch can kill, and he will be taking his message into schools across North Lincolnshire.

A partnership with the Walk Safe app was announced, and more venues signed up to Pubwatch and the Licensing, Security and Vulnerability Initiative.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said: “I was really pleased to attend the Safer Nights conference and to support the project with funding through my office.

“It was great to see so many of the local night time economy staff attend as well as partner organisations. I’m looking forward to seeing the role out and to make North Lincolnshire a safer place for its residents and visitors.”

The conference also included the premier of new SOS Help Point systems, which will be appearing in the town centre over the next few months thanks to £27,000 of funding from the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner.

Chief Superintendent Darren Wildbore of Humberside Police said: “I believe feeling safe in the night time economy is a right for the residents of North Lincolnshire, and as we approach the busy festive season this is something I am acutely aware of.

“That is why I am both proud of and encouraged by the excellent attendance at the recent North Lincolnshire Safer Nights conference.

“I look forward to the exciting initiatives that were discussed being implemented in the near future, including the SOS points, and our very own section of the Walk Safe app, as well as giving my ongoing commitment to police engagement and action to support Safer Nights NL.”

North Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) includes North Lincolnshire Council, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Ongo, the National Probation Service, NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB and the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner.

Further information on the schemes and links to partner organisations are available on the Safer Nights page of our website or by emailing communitysafetypartnership@northlincs.gov.uk

Pictured: Speakers at the delegates at the Safer Nights NL launch (left to right) : Paul Spence, One Punch campaign, Mark Morgan, LSAVI, John Cram, Safer Neighbourhoods, PC Grant Johnson, Humberside Police Licencing, Nicola Ellis, North Lincolnshire Council Licencing, Andrew Kay, WalkSafe, Stuart Minto, North Lincolnshire Council  Head of Community Resilience, CI Gary Foster, Humberside Police, Elizabeth Murphy, Dragonfly Consultants, Tracey Coyne, Community Safety Partnership Manager, Jonathan Evison, PCC, Kathy Cairns, Violence Prevention Officer.