Police step up use of social media for Bank Holiday events

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People heading along to August Bank Holiday weekend events in Leeds will be able to get regular updates from local police teams who are stepping up their use of social media.

The weekend sees Leeds playing host to the 46th Leeds West Indian Carnival, which is expected to attract around 100,000 people to the event in Chapeltown and Harehills, and Leeds Festival 2013, where around 80,000 will head to Bramham Park, near Wetherby, for the live music event featuring headline acts Green Day and Eminen.

The night-time economy in Leeds city centre is also expecting to be busier than normal with various events at clubs and bars and more people out to make the most of the long weekend.

Policing operations will be in place around all three of these events and will be led by local neighbourhood policing teams.

The teams already make regular use of social media, such as Twitter, to keep local communities informed about their activities but they will be maximising their use of these platforms over the bank holiday weekend to keep people informed specifically around their involvement in these events.

Chapel Allerton Neighbourhood Policing Team will be tweeting live from the carnival on their Twitter feed @wypCAnpt using the hashtag #leedscarnival

Wetherby Neighbourhood Policing Team, which will be working alongside Leeds Festival organisers, will be tweeting on @wypWHnpt using the hashtag #leedsfestival

City Neighbourhood Policing Team, which is part of the increased police presence in Leeds city centre’s night-time economy, will be updating its Twitter @MillgarthNPT using the hashtag #leedscitycentre

The focus of their updates will be to promote the positive policing of the events, provide timely and accurate updates about any incidents, correct any misinformation or rumours, and give suitable crime prevention and personal safety advice.

Chief Inspector Matt Davison, who heads North East Leeds Division’s neighbourhood policing teams, said: “The teams already make very good use of social media to keep communities informed about the work they are doing to address local issues but they will be stepping this up over the bank holiday weekend to bring people live updates on their work around these events.

“We hope it will give people attending these events a useful additional source of information that will help them to make the most of the weekend, whether they are residents or visitors from further afield.”