Safer Nights campaign launches to stamp out violence

Published: Mon 21 November, 2022

A new campaign to reduce violence and promote safer nights out in North West Leicestershire is set to launch.

The Safer Nights launch event will take place on Saturday 26 November on Market Street in Ashby-de-la-Zouch to raise awareness of the campaign.

During the event, passers-by will be handed free promotional items and invited to take photos in a branded selfie-frame. Music, drug dogs and a knife arch will also be available on the night.

The initiative is led by the Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership and the Violence Reduction Network as part of their work to tackle violent crime in the town during nights out, particularly in males under the age of 25.

Pubs, clubs and taxi operators have signed up to the campaign’s pledge to keep everyone safe on nights out with key messages on posters, bar materials and on the side of vehicles.

For anyone on a night out on Saturday 26 November, a discount will be available for pre-booking a taxi with the following operators:

  • Abbey Cars, Ashby – 01530 416060
  • A1 Cars, Ashby – 01530 413535
  • Gems Taxis, Whitwick – 01530 812123
  • Yellow Cars, Coalville – 01530 833800

The campaign encourages people to pre-book taxis to avoid hanging around outside of venues when they close, and offences are more likely to take place. Safer Nights will also remind party goers to look out for friends and how to report suspicious behaviour.

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Chair of the Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership, said: “We’ve noticed an increase in violent crime in the night-time economy in Ashby, particularly in younger males.

“Safer Nights aims to reinforce positive messages around nights out and how to look out for one another if you spot something suspicious.

“As we head into the festive period, I hope that this campaign will remind us all of our responsibility to have a safer night out and what we can do as bystanders to prevent violent behaviour.”