My View, Steve Butler, Stay safe for a night on the tiles

Sgt Steve Butler launching the ban on off licences selling single cans of beer in Doncaster town centre
Sgt Steve Butler launching the ban on off licences selling single cans of beer in Doncaster town centre
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Doncaster town centre provides a vibrant night out for thousands of people. South Yorkshire Police are committed to ensuring it is enjoyable but safe.

Doncaster Police work in partnership with the local authority, the licensing trade, Pubwatch, Street Pastors and others, as we pride ourselves on the joined-up working, which means that a night in the town centre is a safe one.

Street Pastors Marise Robinson and Michael Ediele on patrol on Silver Street, Doncaster Town Centre. Picture: Andrew Roe

Street Pastors Marise Robinson and Michael Ediele on patrol on Silver Street, Doncaster Town Centre. Picture: Andrew Roe

The police tackle underage drinking robustly and work with licensed door staff who challenge youngsters who use fraudulent or borrowed identification – this is then seized against a receipt and returned to the issuing authority whether this is the DVLA or the Passport Office. On most occasions, it is family members who lend out the ID which makes the young person appear over 18. That person is not only liable for prosecution but they also have to pay to have the identification reissued.

Also, young people have telephones worth hundreds of pounds which they leave on display. These can be stolen or lost and many phones are handed into the police or doorstaff.

Both encourage revellers to look after property – gone are the days when bouncers had a bad name.

Highly trained SIA-registered door supervisors now work closely with the police.

Doncaster Pubwatch has a zero-tolerance approach to violent offences and if placed on a ban this is usually for 12 months and prevents that person from entering the town pubs.

Sharon Clarke, the chairman of Pubwatch said: “We work in partnership with South Yorkshire Police, Licensing and DMBC and do not tolerate any incidents of violent crime and always look to ban perpetrators of such incidents. Most people are law-abiding citizens and it is because of this and the hard work of all the different organisations involved that the incidents of violent crime have fallen dramatically over the past 10 years. Every weekend our members continue to provide a safe and enjoyable night out for tens of thousands of people in what is widely regarded as one of the best party towns in the country.”

Revellers may have seen Street Pastors patrolling. This initiative helps vulnerable people gain some assistance from the local pastors who offer pastoral care, whether that is a bottle of water or a friendly ear to those in need. The work is supported by the police as on many occasions the pastors take over guardianship of a person who may be in drink, releasing the police to reduce crime and disorder.

Best Bar None is a multi-agency approach with the aim of raising standards, rewarding best practice and promoting a safe and sociable environment for residents and visitors.

We are pleased to continue to support this nationally recognised scheme .

* Stever Butler, Town centre police sergeant