THE wife of a man who was left with permanent brain damage after a drink-fuelled attack has backed police to keep revellers safe this Christmas.
Lisa Snowden’s husband Phil needs 24-hour specialist care after he was subjected to an unprovoked violent attack in a Westgate nightclub last year.
She is now working with police to urge licensees to reduce the chance of another devastating attack as pubs and clubs prepare for the festive season.
This weekend the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) launched their annual campaign to cut crime and keep safe.
Insp Richard Close, said: “Our teams of officers and volunteers will be out providing reassurance to revellers and I hope people continue to sit up and take note of these important messages and keep themselves safe and out of trouble.
“Wakefield police and partners have invested time and effort into making Westgate a safer place to visit on a night out. During a three-year period recorded violent crime is down by 30 per cent.
“By effectively using all our resources we will maintain this reduction and make further improvements.
“Along with our partners we are doing everything we can to ensure that people who live, work of visit the district have a safe and crime-free Christmas.”
Operation Northdale, an award-winning campaign to reduce the number of sexual offences, will also start tomorrow night.
Teams of police community support officers will be out in force, supported by volunteers from the Street Angels and the Nightlife Marshals, to try to stop vulnerable people from being attacked.
Since Mr Snowden’s attack in Mustang Sally’s, on Westgate, his family and friends have launched a campaign calling for Zero Tolerance against Drunken Violence.
They are working with Insp Close to create an online e-petition calling for the government to take tougher measures.
Mrs Snowden, 33, also plans to speak to licensees about how they can prevent drunken attacks inside their premises.
She said: “Simple measures such as replacing glass with plastic, training their bar staff to identify people who have had too much, putting bouncers inside clubs and improving CCTV can really help.”
Tomorrow, police will hold a crime prevention advice day at Trinity Walk to help people avoid becoming a victim this Christmas from 10am to 5pm.
To support the Snowden’s campaign search for Justice 4 Big Phil on Facebook.