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Keeping the streets of Selby free from trouble
TEAMS from the police, North Yorkshire County Council and other agencies took to the streets of Selby to help to promote safety in the town.
Operation Ursine runs nightly from Thursday to Saturday each week, with police officers, PCSOs and night marshals on the streets of Selby to reassure the public and respond to incidents.
On Thursday, representatives from North Yorkshire County Council, Trading Standards and youth workers joined the police to speak with licensees in the town and engage with the public through questionnaires.
Sergeant Jackie Booth said Operation Ursine was important for the night-time economy of Selby and helped encourage people into the town.
Sgt Booth said: “I think it sends out a very clear message that it is not just police, but the council and youth workers as well, who make sure there is a safe night-time economy in the town.
“The response has been very positive, from teenagers to people in their late-60s, saying it’s great to see police and agreeing they feel happy and confident going out in Selby and aren’t afraid to go into certain areas.”
The questionnaires showed that most people had two or three drinks before leaving the house and most felt relaxed towards their personal safety, but suggestions were made that more taxis and buses could be made available after the pubs and clubs in the town close.
Thursday’s operation saw only one arrest, a 41-year-old who was arrested for allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old man in Micklegate.
Night marshals and police also issued a Community Resolution Disposal Order to a 20-year-old man, after an assault on an 18-year-old man in Finkle Street at 3.30am.
Licensing officers visited a number of pubs around the town, including Cochranes Wharf, The Giant Bellflower, The New Inn, Mellanby’s, the Market Tavern and the Gypsy Moth, to check on conditions imposed on them and the identifications of door staff, with no major issues found.
Sgt Booth said: “In general, landlords are quite happy for us to come in because they want people to come out in Selby and feel safe, as it promotes good business.
‘‘If we’re in there talking to people and saying there’s no trouble, that’s making them feel safe.
“People see a high-visibility vest and think something’s happened.
‘‘It’s about speaking to people, saying we’re not here because there’s been trouble, but to reassure you we’re here, outside and making it safe.”
Operation Ursine will continue to run from Thursday to Saturday, and on Sunday, August 25, for the Bank Holiday, with regular multi-agency events due in the coming months.