Swansea is officially a safe night out - despite a rise in violent crime in Wind Street; The city has retained its Purple Flag status with a police inspector saying its nighttime economy was "not without its challenges".
Byline: Richard Youle
A night out inSwanseais safe, entertaining and enjoyable - and that's official.
Leaders are celebrating after the city centre retained its Purple Flag status.
It was first awarded the status for its 5pm to 5am offering three years ago.
Reports of violent crime in Wind Street and surrounding streets rose by more than 60% between 2016 and 2017 - and inspector Mark Davies, of South Wales Police, said the night-time economy was "not without its challenges".
But he and others have commended the efforts of police officers, traders, the council, city business group Swansea Bid and other organisations for helping to improve the night-time atmosphere.
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Insp Davies said Purple Flag status was a "notable achievement for Swansea and the range of partners who work extremely hard to ensure" the city was a safe and enjoyable place to visit.
"Swansea's night-time economy is not without its challenges but there is a wealth of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep people safe," he said.
The Purple Flag scheme is run by the Association of Town and City Management and involves visits to town centres by judges.
Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said everyone involved deserved huge credit.
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He added: "We will not be complacent for future years and are eager to build on the success of schemes such as the city centre help point, drop-off point, taxi marshals, LED lighting, and the removal of unattractive street furniture.
"Transport schemes like the Unibus late-night bus service for students have also been introduced."
Other groups involved in the city's night-time economy include Swansea Street Pastors,Swansea University, and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
Russell Greensalde, chief executive of Swansea Bid, said: "I know the Purple Flag accreditation does much to enhance Swansea's reputation and I'm very proud of the hard work that city centre businesses have put into incorporating its principles into everything they do."
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A night out in Wind Street, Swansea, is officially safe