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Taking action day and night to make Mansfield safer

A police sniffer dog, shop windows decked out in purple, and awareness campaigns have been lined up as part of a whole series of events aimed at promoting safety in Mansfield town centre.

Mansfield Business Improvement District is working on Days and Nights of Action with a number of partners, including Mansfield District Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV) and Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC).

All the events are aimed at promoting the great things about the town centre, and reminding people of their responsibilities when enjoying themselves in public spaces.

Mansfield BID manager Sarah Nelson said: “Mansfield is a great place to enjoy a night out or to spend the day shopping and eating out. But everybody has a role to play in keeping the town centre safe for all who visit, and these nights and days of action will reinforce that message.

“It’s fantastic to see so many groups and organisations getting involved in the events and campaigns. Only by working together can we build on the successes of previous days and nights of action.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Nick Butler said: “It’s great to be working together on such a positive project. We all have the same common theme in mind – ensuring that Mansfield is a safe and enjoyable place to be.

“We hope that local people will welcome and participate in these events that are set to take place over the coming months.”

During the Spring months, police have been raising awareness of drugs misuse, with a special drugs dog being used in the town centre to demonstrate how they work.

On Saturday July 8, the whole town centre will celebrate Purple Flag, which Mansfield has once again retained. Shop windows will be decked out in purple, and a celebration party will be held.

In August, tackling street drinking will be the focus, with enforcement action being taken and people being advised of their responsibilities. A translator will be on hand to speak with people who do not speak English.

Personal safety will once again be the focus in October, when a key heme will be how people get home safely after enjoying a night out in town. A Hallowe’en-themed campaign will encourage people to get a licensed taxi, or a bus, home.

In September, a youth project will help educate younger people about their responsibilities, with events such as street entertainment and a community hub being set up.

During December, with the build up to the ever-busy Christmas period, retail crime will be the theme of the campaign, with Police specials being on duty, purse bells being given out, and a co-ordinated programme that helps businesses prevent crime such as theft.

For more about what’s happening, email sarah@mansfieldbid.com.

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