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Taxi marshals future is secure in Ipswich

Night-time revellers are in safe hands in Ipswich thanks to the signing of a new contract which has secured the future of taxi marshals in Ipswich.

Ipswich Central, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner and Ipswich Borough Council have joined forces with Titans UK and signed a contract to provide the service for another year.

Paul Clement, Chief Executive of Ipswich Central said: “Last month alone, the taxi marshals in Ipswich assisted almost 5,500 people get home safely following a night out in Ipswich. The service is vital to our night-time economy and ensures that those enjoying a night out in town are guaranteed a safe, as well as an enjoyable, night out.

“Ipswich Central works hard with local businesses to ensure that Ipswich is on the map when it comes to a great night out. We work in conjunction with Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk Constabulary on the Best Bar None scheme to accredit local establishments that meet strict criteria on standards of care to customers. We are also proud to be named as a Purple Flag town which recognises Ipswich as a safe night out.”

Taxi marshals operate at the taxi rank at the Old Cattle Market opposite Vodka Revolution where they are on hand to help from 11.30pm to 4.30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

In November alone, taxi marshals assisted 5,444 people on Friday and Saturday nights in Ipswich. So far in 2015, almost 50,000 people have used this service and the number is set to rise in December now that the Christmas party season is in full swing.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police Crime Commissioner said: “It is extremely important that Ipswich town centre continues to have a reputation as a safe and welcoming location where people can come to enjoy a drink, a meal or a trip to the cinema and theatre.

“Making our town centres safe and prosperous encourages people to visit and spend time and money enjoying what Suffolk has to offer.

“I was very specific in my Police and Crime Plan to highlight the need for investment in the local economy as a key driver for a safer county. A vibrant economy encourages growth and supports job security which in turn cuts crime.” says Tim.

“I am happy to financially support this marshalling project. I can see tangible benefits for the Constabulary and for the people in Ipswich on weekend evenings. People will get home quicker and more safely and less people hanging around after the pubs and clubs close reduces potential disorder which, in turn, reduces the pressure on the Constabulary. Everyone wins.”

A spokesperson from Ipswich Borough Council said: “The borough council is proud to be helping this scheme for another year. It is important that all partners support the marshals and recognise their value in keeping Ipswich safe for people using the town centre at night.”

Ben Lewry from Titans UK said: “Titans is delighted to be working along side Ipswich Central the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner and Ipswich Borough Council, providing and assisting in a service that helps the general public and the night time economy of Ipswich.”

The service has been extended to the end of October 2016.

Photo captions: Ipswich Central Street Rangers pictured with Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police Crime Commissioner (centre), Cllr Neil McDonald from Ipswich Borough Council (second left) and Ali Hushen, Operations Manager at Titans UK (right).