Whitby’s dark night marshalled by volunteers

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WHITBY’S new police inspector has praised the Night Marshals that patrol the streets at a weekend.

Inspector Andy Colbourne said: “Over the weekend of 8 and 9 July Night Marshals policing Whitby intervened in a number of disturbances and were effective in assisting the police in preventing further disorder.

“This resulted in a number of positive arrests for public order related offences.

“The night marshals also intervened prior to offences being committed, thus preventing further incidents of disorder.

“The night marshals in Whitby provide excellent support to the police and police community support officers.

The marshals are security officers who are trained and registered with the Security Industry Authority.

Each Night Marshal has radio communications with the town centre CCTV, police and licensed premises.

The role of the marshals is to provide a visible patrol service within the town centre and to deal with low level drink-related incidents.

They also provide support to the door supervisors of licensed premises.

Insp Colbourne added: “Their presence assists North Yorkshire police in preventing and detecting crime, reduce anti-social behaviour and provides a highly visible presence for the community, residents and visitors to Whitby.”