violent crime in Burnley has fallen as police continue to tighten their grip on the town centre.
Figures fell by 24% over Christmas compared to 2009 with Operation Nightsafe being deemed a big success by police chiefs.
Initiatives included police visiting a number of revellers the morning after to show them footage of their drunken antics.
Patrols were also stepped up across Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale while officers worked alongside licensees to carry out test purchase operations to reduce alcohol related violent crime.
Officers issued 18 “Direction to Leave” notices to people who they believed may become involved in alcohol related crime or disorder and Burnley’s street pastors identified 20 people who were then helped by the Rest and Retreat Centre.
The crackdown saw violent crime fall from 17 to 13 between Friday, December 17th, and Sunday, January 3rd.
Chief Insp. Jon Bullas said: “I am pleased with these results and must stress these numbers are extremely low, particularly when you consider that over 20,000 revellers visited Burnley town centre over the Christmas period.
“Early intervention was a key factor in this success with officers quickly identifying and dealing with potential troublemakers before their behaviour could escalate.
“Showing revellers footage of their drunken behaviour the morning after certainly proved to be an effective tactic. The majority of people were shocked and upset by what they saw and I hope it acts as a deterrent in the future.”
Officers believe the reduction was also a result of strong partnerships with licensees and door staff, robust policing measures and the town’s BAND (Burnley Against Night-time Disorder) scheme, which has seen 75 people banned for between six months and two years.
Mr Eddie Cliffe, who helps to co-ordinate the scheme, has been a street pastor since it was set up more than 12 months ago. He said: “It is a very enjoyable and rewarding job, particularly because we can see the positive impact it has on the town centre. It is fantastic to work as part of a team and I feel privileged to be able to support the police in helping to keep the people of Burnley safe.”
Anyone with any information or is concerned about crime can ring police on 0845 1 253545 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.