ISN’T THIS THE JOB OF THE POLICE?
TRY IT OUT SOMEWHERE QUITE THEN DO IT NATIONWIDE LIKE THEY DID WITH THE CURFEWS
Marshals bringing late-night control
STREET marshals will bring order to late-night taxi queues in Truro, it is hoped.
The marshals will patrol the streets and help organise queues for taxis late on Saturday nights, which can become chaotic.
A similar scheme has operated on the Moor area of Falmouth and has helped bring about a 50 per cent reduction in crime.
The marshals are employed by Infinity Security and paid for by Truro City Council, initially for an eight-week trial that started last Saturday.
Inspector Mark Richards, from Truro police, said: “Their main function at the end of the evening is to bring some order to taxi ranks with the exodus of people going to pubs and clubs.
“It becomes crucial at the end of the evening – Calenick Street in particular, late at night, can be disorganised.”
The street marshals will speak with door staff throughout the evening to try to pre-empt any problems.
“Hopefully it will work for the taxis and the public and provide some cohesion between the door staff and the taxis,” said Mr Richards.
John Richards, from Infinity Security, said: “We’ve only done one week in Truro but I think it’s going to be a good thing. They are there to talk and to be an extra set of eyes.”
Tracey Harper, from Truro’s a2b taxis, added: “The objective of taxi drivers is the same as the police which is to clear Calenick Street as soon as possible after kicking out time. By doing this it will hopefully reduce violent crime.”