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Street triage for festive party goers

Opening up: The former Post Office building in Birley Street, Preston, will be home to a temporary welfare drop-in centre

Opening up: The former Post Office building in Birley Street, Preston, will be home to a temporary welfare drop-in centre

Injured and incapacitated revellers will be able to seek sanctuary at a newly-created walk-in welfare station this Christmas time.

For the first time, volunteers from the British Red Cross will combine with police to provide a late-night ‘nightsafe’ centre in the former Post Office building in Birley Street.

Preston Council has agreed to let out building on weekends over the festive period, until New Year’s Day.

Starting tomorrow from 10.30pm till 4am, help and advice will be available for party goers with minor injuries and ailments, in a bid to keep hospital Accident and Emergency departments free.

Michelle Pilling, community safety manager for Preston Council, said: “At this time of year you get a lot more people going out, drinking too much, and they can be more vulnerable and can become victims of crime.

“This scheme is mainly aimed at stopping the overcrowding of A&E with people who might have been wearing high heels and twisted their ankles, and only need a bandage.

“There will also be people on hand to call for lifts, and to give advice.

“It’s the first time that this kind of thing has been offered. In previous years the council has let the premises out just to the police, so this is a more complete service.

“We want people to enjoy Preston’s nightlife in a safer environment, and avoid contact with the emergency services.”

The centre will open tomorrow and Saturday, then every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until December 21. It will also run on New Year’s Eve.

Full emergency service provision will still be available on all evenings for those in need.

 

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