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Safe bus for drunk and lost launched in Bournemouth
THE Bournemouth Safe Bus will be pulling up in town this autumn, providing a safe refuge for lost, injured or drunk revellers.
The refurbished single-decker vehicle, donated by Yellow Buses, may look like any other bus but it is fully kitted out to provide care and support for anyone who runs into trouble on a night out.
Inside, it has a public waiting area, private treatment room, hot and cold running water and heating and a private area for the taking of police statements.
The Safe Bus will be based in Horseshoe Common in Bournemouth Town Centre between 9pm and 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. Horseshoe Common, at the heart of the town’s pub and club district, has long been identified as a crime and disorder hotspot.
The bus will be operated by Dorset Police, together with a team of volunteers and a paramedic. They will be supported on occasions by alcohol addiction counsellors and club chaplains.
Sian Jenkins, community safety manager for Bournemouth council, said: “The Safe Bus is a really important service for the town and plays a major part in improving community safety in Bournemouth town centre at the weekends.
“The Safe Bus has proven extremely successful to date in helping to reduce the number of accident and emergency admissions and ambulance call-outs as well as reducing calls to the police to attend minor incidents.
“I am delighted that we are now able to launch our new bus, which replaces our old tired bus which was in desperate need of replacement.
“It will enable all the partners involved to continue to provide this excellent service with improved and modern facilities.