Safe Space set up for late-night revellers

LATE-night revellers toasting in the new year in Hastings town centre will have somewhere to go if they find themselves in trouble.

The Safer Hastings Partnership (SHP) has teamed up with the local Primary Care Trust (PCT) to create a Safe Space where people can get support and help.

The mobile unit was set up last week outside Costa coffee shop and staff offer a range of support to people seeking help, from basic first aid provision to alcohol to sexual health advice.

The unit also offers practical advice, water, clean clothes, condoms, flat shoes and access to transport services. It is operated by Central Sussex YMCA and the Red Cross.

Carole Shaves MBE JP, chairman of the Safer Hastings Partnership, said: “The purpose of the Safe Space in Hastings is to promote responsible drinking, reduce attendance at A&E and emergency ambulance call-outs, and to ensure that people have a safe place to go if they get into trouble or need assistance and advice.”

The Safe Space will operate from 10pm until 3am on New Year’s Eve.

The Hastings Street Pastors will also be out and about, encouraging people to drink and behave responsibly and giving advice on personal safety and welfare. They will also be distributing water and flat shoes to those in need.

The Night Bus is running every Saturday night in December, and tonight (Friday) and New Year’s Eve, from midnight to 4am, leaving from Havelock Road with one bus going towards Ore and the other to Hollington.

There will also be extra police on duty in the run-up to Christmas and police and council licensing officers will be out visiting pubs and clubs.