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A night on the town with local police
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Join BBC Leicester for a night on the town with Leicestershire Constabulary and find out how police escorts home for city clubbers will help reduce weekend crime
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Leicester City can expect up to 40,000 revellers a night during the weekend

Leicestershire Police employ more than 300 officers and support staff

Nearly 18,000 crimes were commited in the county last year and less than 5,000 were detected

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With up to 40,000 revellers in Leicester city centre on a weekend night, the potential for trouble is enormous.

Leicestershire Constabulary's violence and disorder team patrol the city streets in an attempt to keep trouble to a minimum and help everyone get home safely.

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On the beat in the city centre

Three patrol cars, two vans and many officers on foot, help to maintain a visible prescence throughout the city centre. PC Phil Caswell has 16 years experience. He says the late patrol is usually a "thoroughly enjoyable experience".

Earlier in the evening, duties can be a simple as removing abandoned glass bottles and moving on illegal parkers. PC Caswell said: "The majority of people are here for a good time and will have a good time. A very small majority will end up involved in problems."

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There are usually two vans and three patrol cars in the city centre at the weekend

He said the majority of incidents will involve people who have been refused entry to clubs because they are either drunk or deemed "unsuitable" by door staff.

It is hoped that a planned nightbus service will help reduce crime in the city centre. Officers say there are too few taxis to take late night revellers home, meaning people remain in the city for longer.

PC David Piguillem is working to start the service and says late night transport has "long been a problem for the city". He said: "Transport options for people to get away can be very scarce, certainly at two and three in the morning."

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