Marshals will patrol Harrogate streets

NADV. Harrogate's Night Marshals who have received funding from the Home Office for extra patrols around the town. From left are Community Safety and CCTV manager Julia Stack, Marshals Richard Basson and Elaine Ryan, Safer Communities Project Officer Chris Chelton and Inspector Will Scarlett. 111102AR2pic.
NADV. Harrogate's Night Marshals who have received funding from the Home Office for extra patrols around the town. From left are Community Safety and CCTV manager Julia Stack, Marshals Richard Basson and Elaine Ryan, Safer Communities Project Officer Chris Chelton and Inspector Will Scarlett. 111102AR2pic.

FOUR NightSafe Marshals will be patrolling the streets of Harrogate at night thanks to a three-year Home Office grant.

There will be two marshals working each Friday and Saturday night, from 10pm to 4am, supporting North Yorkshire Police.

Coun Nick Brown, cabinet member for public protection on Harrogate Council, said: “These NightSafe Marshalls are not police. Their role is to support police officers, to provide a reassuring presence on the streets and to intervene when necessary at an early stage to prevent alcohol-related violence.

“Night Marshals have been used successfully in many town and city centres where they have been able to contribute to reductions in violence and anti-social behaviour.”

The marshals could also be on duty at other busy times, such as bank holidays and when sporting events are on television, and could be deployed to other parts of the district for events attracting large crowds.

They will have no power of arrest and will be directed by the police at all times. They will carry radio handsets with links to the CCTV control room and other radio users, such as door supervisors and the police.