Multi-agency operation in Ormskirk keeps revellers safe

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Multi-agency operation in Ormskirk keeps revellers safe

A JOINT operation aimed at keeping drug and alcohol-related offences at a low in Ormskirk has been hailed a success.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary worked in partnership with the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership and local licensees last weekend (14 and 15 June) in a bid to reassure residents and revellers that the town centre is and will remain a safe place to visit and socialise in.

Under a condition of entry agreed by licensees, searches were carried out on every person entering pubs or clubs in the town centre by door staff.

Amongst those searched, four people were spoken to after being found in possession of cocaine; two were arrested for possession of cocaine with one of these also found to be in possession of cannabis; one person received a cannabis warning and three people were given direction to leave notices. There was also an additional 25 stop searches.

Officers patrolled the area during both nights to provide a visible presence with the aim of reassuring partygoers, deterring the use of drugs in licensed premises and preventing alcohol-related violence.

A search dog was also used to sniff out drugs that any reveller may have been concealing and Street Pastors were there to support anyone considered to be too intoxicated or vulnerable.

Each weekend, as part of Operation Nightsafe, local officers work with the Ormskirk Street Pastors, playing a vital role in ensuring people are safe and that the town centre remains a place where people can enjoy themselves.

Police Inspector for the West Lancs area, Christina Shorrock said: “We are trying to keep drug and alcohol-related offences in Ormskirk Town Centre at low level and reassure residents and revellers with our ongoing presence on people’s nights out in the area.

“We are continually working with licensees along with West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, to make Ormskirk Town Centre a safe and enjoyable place to visit for a night out

“I’d like to reassure residents and revellers alike that those who want to visit the town for the purposes of drug dealing, drug taking or getting drunk and causing trouble will be targeted and punished accordingly.”

Chairman of the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, Dave Tilleray, commented: “This is an excellent initiative and a clear demonstration that we are committed to work in partnership to keep Ormskirk Town Centre a safe place to work and visit.

“The continual involvement and support of the licensed trade will help to ensure a safe environment for customers and staff and we acknowledge the good work that they are doing to achieve this.

“It’s important that visitors to the town centre feel reassured and if they know that the police, local council and licensed trade are working together, I’m sure it will make them feel even more at ease and safe when working or socialising there.”

Councillor David Sudworth said: “One of our biggest priorities is making sure that West Lancashire is a safe place for residents and visitors.

“The council’s CCTV resources have been significantly upgraded have improved our ability to work closely with our partners in the police to reduce crime and the fear of crime.”

Insp Shorrock continued: “If you are on a night out in Ormskirk and see any suspicious drug-related activity, you can speak to a police officer on patrol, a member of door staff or you can call the police on 101.”

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