Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds bars pay to boost police over bank holiday

Nightclubs and bars have paid for extra police officers to patrol Leeds city centre over the bank holiday weekend.

West Yorkshire Police said officer numbers had been boosted to ensure people's safety over what is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year.

Some bars and clubs will also be paying for additional doorstaff to work as part of the street marshal scheme.

Ch Insp Vernon Francis said there were limits to policing so help from businesses made the city a safer place.

The street marshal scheme involves night time venues paying for an additional member of doorstaff to patrol areas alongside police.

Mr Francis said: "The August bank holiday is traditionally the busiest weekend of the year in Leeds city centre and anyone coming into the city centre can expect to see extra officers out on high visibility patrols to ensure people to stay safe and feel safe too."

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