A place of safety for Christmas revellers

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Hundreds of people are expected to flock to bars and pubs across Halifax in the run up to Christmas.

This weekend is expected to be one of the one of the busiest of the year as revellers get into the festive spirit.

And a special bus will be parked up in the town centre on Saturday nights throughout the month, offering shelter and support to party-goers who may be feeling the effects of an evening drink.

West Yorkshire Police has teamed up with Calderdale Council and other partners from across the district to bring the yellow double-decker bus in to the heart of the town centre.

Staffed by special constables, police volunteers, Street Angels and volunteers from BusOasis, the place of safety is often a welcome stop to those who may be in need.

Donated by BusOasis, the vehicle is stocked with bottled water, flip flops and spikeys. Parked up on George Street, the bus is also kitted out with mobile phone charging points and hot drink facilities.

Volunteers offer advice, guidance and support to users, and can help them to get home safely by referring them to licensed taxi’s home, or by making sure they are safely inside one of the nightclubs or bars.

Police Constable Ben Doughty of Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team said; “The bus was a great success last Saturday in Halifax, with more than 150 people stopping by to see what it was about, and taking some support from our volunteers. It will be back again this weekend and helps to set the tone of the night for revellers in town.

“Working with our partners is an excellent way to help share the demand of a busy night in the town, allowing uniformed officers to attend more serious incidents, whilst ensuring the safety of any vulnerable people.

“Having colleagues and volunteers located with a place of safety is also an excellent way for us to positively engage with the community, and shows people that there is a positive visible presence that they can call on if they need them. Halifax town centre also maintains its Purple Flag status, ensuring it is a safe and vibrant evening destination for people across the county.”

Adrian Broadhead, chair of Halifax Pub Watch said; “This event is just one example of the great things that the late night economy is doing to make Halifax a fun, vibrant and safe environment for all.” 
The bus will be parked up in George Street between 8pm and midnight again this Saturday, December 19.