A MAJOR campaign has been launched to help people feel safer when enjoying an night out in Colchester.

The #SeeYouSafer scheme has been spearheaded by the One Colchester partnership, a multi-agency group including Colchester Council and representatives from the emergency services.

It follows an increase in reported issues connected to the night time economy, including incidents of drink spiking and violent or sexual assaults.

Education, business, cultural and voluntary service representatives will also be promoting key messages for people to enjoy a night out knowing help and support is available to keep themselves and their friends safe.

The campaign will include workshops for night time venues, as well as drop-in advice clinics for those concerned about coming into the town centre and for those wanting to know the signs to look out for regarding potential issues.

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A series of videos will also be created and promoted across social media, and merchandise handed out designed to share knowledge, spark discussions about looking after each other and personal responsibility.

The Safer Colchester Partnership – part of One Colchester – will convey how staff in venues across the town are there to keep partygoers safe and unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.

Pam Donnelly, chairwoman of One Colchester, said: “We know people want to enjoy themselves after the restrictions of lockdown, but sadly we have seen and heard too many stories of incidents happening when people have been out on the town recently.

“Colchester is a fantastic place to come and enjoy a night out with friends and family, and we want to make sure people feel they can do that safely.

“It is vital we reassure people Colchester is a safe place to be and send a loud and clear message to those causing trouble or harm to others they are not welcome.

“The campaign is just part of the work being undertaken with partners and venues to give people that reassurance they may need right now.”