The Trafford Centre is introducing an onsite police team next year in an effort to improve safety and security.

In partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the new initiative will be fully funded by the Trafford Centre for the next three years.

It will provide a visible presence which will look to enhance the security of the centre and create a safer shopping experience for visitors.

The full-time team will consist of one inspector, one sergeant and six PCs, with the full team in place by January 2024.

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Simon Layton, Centre Director at Trafford Centre, said: “The introduction of a full onsite police team reflects our commitment to providing a secure and welcoming environment for our visitors and retailers, whilst strengthening our ongoing relationship with Greater Manchester Police.”

Inspector Paul Ellis, who will lead the new GMP Trafford Centre Policing Team, added: “This is a unique collaboration with one of the most iconic venues in Greater Manchester and reinforces our commitment on continuing to keep the public safe by providing a dedicated high-visibility resource.”

The Trafford Centre welcomes 30 million visitors every year to its wide range of shops, restaurants and a 20-screen cinema.