Look out for each other and plan your route home this Christmas

We are helping you stay safe this Christmas, say the Selby District Council and North Yorkshire Police, to residents enjoying the festive season.

The key message is to ‘have fun but please look out for each other and plan your route home’. The Safer Selby Partnership want residents to enjoy the season in a safe way.  To help everyone stay safe this Christmas, they will be out delivering new safety messaging as well as providing support to partners such as the Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) to raise awareness of their work in our district.

On Friday, 10 December, an organised evening of high-visibility patrols of Selby town centre took place, supported by North Yorkshire Police and Selby District Council’s officers and Covid Wardens. An information point was set up at the Abbey Pavement, which promoted safety over the Christmas period.

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive member for Communities and Economic Development, said, “Our message to residents who are visiting local restaurants and pubs is to remain vigilant and look out for each other while also enjoying yourselves. Planning your route home is important where possible; make sure you are using licenced and pre-booked taxis, also make sure you contact someone to let them know that you have returned home safely”.

Martin Wedgwood, Neighbourhood Police Inspector for the Selby district explained: “The aim of Friday’s operation was to show a multi-agency response, everyone working together and to provide reassurance that services are available for those who need them, at any time.”

IDAS can be contacted by calling  03000 110110 or visit www.idas.org.uk/ for more information about their work. Adult drug and alcohol recovery service, North Yorkshire Horizons are also working to support residents. They’re open:  Monday - Friday 09.00 to 17.00, and late on Thursdays for booked appointments. They can be contacted by telephone: 08000 14 14 80, or visit www.nyhorizons.org.uk.