Measures launched to keep people safe during festivities

Safer Streets – Ionic Bar owner Karen McPhee with Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie and Willie Findlay, Moray’s community safety officer.

HELPING PEOPLE IN MORAY to remain safe while they enjoy the Christmas and New Year celebrations is the aim of the Moray Council Safety Partnership.

The partnership’s annual Safer Streets initiative was launched this week with the message that everyone should have fun – but needs to look after themselves, their friends and their property.

As in previous years the highly successful provision of taxi marshals in Elgin town centre will return at peak times – as will teams of first-aiders to help those who suffer minor injuries, so reducing the burden on accident and emergency services.

Additional foot patrols will be carried out by Police in the region, in particular at the busiest times of night, while Elgin Street Pastors will also be on hand to offer assistance where required. Local pubs will be helping with the campaign, displaying flyers and issuing cards with useful information and contact numbers.

Moray Council’s community safety officer, Willie Findlay, said: “The community safety partnership is delighted to help provide a safe environment for people to enjoy their festive activities.

“By doing so we hope to attract people to the centre of Elgin and so increase the night-time economy. I would also remind people to always plan their return journey home in advance and never to leave drinks unattended.”

Police Scotland’s local area commander for Moray, Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie, added: “During the festive period our town centres and licenced premises tend to be significantly busier than usual.

“We are keen to encourage everyone to enjoy this time of year but ask that they do so in a responsible manner. Please plan your evening, ensure you have a plan to get home safely, drink responsibly and look after your friends whilst out.”