SAFETY marshals have been deployed on a trial basis during the day in Leigh town centre to help tackle reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Highly visible night-time safety marshals already regularly patrol popular town centre night spots every weekend in Leigh, Atherton and Wigan.

After listening to views from residents and businesses, Leigh has welcomed the presence of marshals during the daytime.

Cllr Dane Anderton, portfolio holder for police, crime and civil contingencies, said: “The presence of our night-time marshals has made a big difference to the safety of popular night spots and the feedback we’ve had has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Because of this success, I am really pleased to announce the additional presence of daytime safety marshals in Leigh.

“While there’s only a small number of people who cause issues in our community, the presence of these marshals will help reassure visitors and work directly to de-escalate low-level incidents.”

The new daytime scheme is part of the Community Safety Partnership work, which sees Wigan Council team up with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and other partners to tackle community concerns.

The Public Space Protection Order in Leigh town centre gives Wigan Council and GMP the powers to respond to problems and nuisances in the area, ensuring residents can use and enjoy public spaces free from ASB.

Daytime safety marshals will be on hand in Leigh every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

For more information on how to report ASB, visit: How to report anti-social behaviour (ASB) (