Gloucestershire

Late night revellers 'feel safe' on Gloucester's streets

Nearly three quarters of drinkers and clubbers in Gloucester who took part in a survey on the fear of crime said they felt safe walking the streets at night.

The survey, by city police, the NHS and council staff, also asked what young people could do to improve their own safety.

Among the top responses was to stay together, "ensure no-one was left alone" and "to drink less".

Ch Insp Richard Burge described the answers as "particularly reassuring".

He said the partnership had been promoting the message to make sure revellers who went out together came home together.

"Crime and incidents of disorder have increased in Eastgate Street over the last few years and we want to ensure that anyone coming into the city on a Friday or Saturday night has a great time and stays safe.

"One of Safer Gloucester's priorities for 2012/13 is to work to ensure that residents and visitors to Gloucester city centre on a Friday and Saturday night are and feel safe," he added.

The survey on 30 November questioned 127 people about how safe they felt in the city centre on a Friday or Saturday night, and what they could do to improve their own safety.

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