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Marshals return to Brighton and Hove taxi ranks
Taxi marshals have returned to keep order at two of the city’s main taxi ranks.
Four taxi marshals have been funded by Sussex Police and supplied by Unite Security.
But Sussex Police was unable to say how much money is being spent on bringing back the scheme.
The marshals will be responsible for patrolling ranks at East Street and West Street in Brighton and Hove, between 1am and 5am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Although taxi marshals have been used in the city before, the scheme was brought to an end two years ago when Government funding ran dry.
Sussex Police has worked in liaison with Brighton and Hove City Cabs’ managing director Andy Cheesman who has helped with the organisation of the scheme.
Local taxi companies have welcomed the return of the scheme.
Chief Inspector Simon Nelson said: “We are very pleased to fund the re-introduction of the taxi marshals because they help keep taxi queues safe, which helps us do our job of keeping the city safe for everyone.
“Taxi marshals have been a reassuring and valuable asset to Brighton's night time economy for several years, but six months ago funding was no longer available for the role.
“Due to the vital part they play in reducing tension at taxi ranks and preventing potential crime, partners have successfully identified further funding and we're delighted to welcome marshals back.
“Sussex Police and partners jointly fund a number of initiatives aimed at managing the city's vibrant night time economy and keeping people safe.”
The marshals, who are equipped with radios that link them to the police, are tasked with keeping order in taxi queues and stopping people who have had too much to drink from getting in taxis.
Mr Cheesman said the marshals would be a benefit to everyone in the city.
He added: “They help people using taxis, the taxi drivers and the police.
“We are delighted the police are funding this initiative for the city.”
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