A CAMPAIGN dedicated to minimising abuse and the worst effects of the festive season has been launched.
Wrexham Community Safety Partnership’s annual Think Safe, Drink Safe campaign aims to prevent and reduce alcohol-related violent crime and behaviour in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year.
The campaign aims to encourage safe nightlife across Wrexham, especially in the build-up to Christmas week, and partners including Wrexham Council, North Wales Police (NWP), North Wales Ambulance Service and a range of agencies and businesses are involved.
As with previous campaigns, Wrexham Community Safety Partnership has identified key nights for the 2013 season.
During these nights – which include the infamous ‘Mad Friday’ – several operations will take place in the town centre including the introduction of a welfare centre.
Officers from NWP, street pastors, ambulance crews and health practitioners will be based at the centre to provide advice and guidance and also basic treatment to people who may be intoxicated.
NWP Chief Insp Neil Maxwell said: “We know Christmas and the New Year is busy period for Wrexham’s night time economy.
“We want to encourage visitors to Wrexham to enjoy themselves.
“The message is simple – anti-social behaviour and violence will not be tolerated in Wrexham and anyone behaving irresponsibly will be dealt with appropriately and quickly ensuring Wrexham is a safe place to come and enjoy a night out.”
As part of the campaign the Best Bar None scheme will be launched in the town.
Supported by the Home Office and British Innkeepers it aims to promote and encourage responsible management of licensed premises.
Cllr David Griffiths said: “We hope the Best Bar None Scheme will help raise the profile of Wrexham as a venue for a safe and good night out with a varied mix of well managed bars and restaurants to visit. “
Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s lead member for communities and performance, said: “Violent crime and anti-social behaviour has been steadily falling in Wrexham during recent years and I am confident this is largely due to the tremendous work undertaken by those partners who contribute towards the campaign."