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Romford marshals to keep people safe at night

Marshals will intervene if they are worried someone may be in a difficult situation (Credit: Havering Council)

A new team of marshals has been deployed to Romford town centre to keep people safe at night. 

The group will help tackle anti-social behaviour and provide assistance to anyone who is struggling to get home after leaving a bar or club. 

“Sadly, we have had many reports of people, especially women, being approached by strangers in Romford town centre,” said councillor Viddy Persaud, Havering’s cabinet member for public protection and safety.

“This is as they try to make their way home after a night out, it is making them feel unsafe.”

Cllr Persaud explained people can approach the marshals if they are in such a situation and they are there to support everyone. 

Four of them are being deployed to Romford to provide an extra pair of eyes and ears. They will also intervene if they are worried someone may be in a difficult situation.  

The squad is going to work alongside the Council’s community and tactical enforcement teams as well as local police, businesses and venue security teams. 

Havering residents are more concerned about women’s safety in Romford town centre than any other part of the borough according to the local council.

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