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Call for Street Angels to patrol Whitby’s town centre

Safer Communities Partnership logo21 February

 

Organisers of a new scheme which hopes to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Whitby are looking for volunteers.

 

Teams of Street Angels already patrol the streets of many towns and cities across the country, including Scarborough on a Friday and Saturday evening, and these volunteers are well respected by both the visitors and residents who use the night time economy. Through their reassuring presence and support given to the vulnerable people they come across they have contributed to both an improvement in the night time ambience and a reduction in alcohol related violent crime.

 

Lesley Philps of Scarborough’s Safer Community Partnership said:

 

“The aim of the Street Angels scheme is to improve the safety of those who use the town centre bars, restaurants and public transport during busy periods. Street Angel volunteers will be asked to provide support to people who have become vulnerable or need assistance while in the town centre but will not be required to get involved in any incidents, just report them to the police.”

 

The Street Angels patrol the town centre in groups of three and have radio and telephone contact with the base from which the group operate and statutory services in the town (including Scarborough Borough Council’s Community Safety Team, Licensing officers, CCTV control room, North Yorkshire Police as well as the Cambridge Centre and the Rainbow Centre).

 

It is hoped the group’s first patrols will start in June and the scheme will be co-ordinated by Scarborough’s Safer Community Partnership in conjunction with Churches Together (members of local church groups), North Yorkshire Police and Scarborough Borough Council.

 

Anyone can volunteer, as long as they are aged 18-years-old or over and comprehensive training will be given to all recruits prior to them taking to the streets. If you are interested in volunteering to become a Street Angel or can offer assistance to the scheme a meeting is being held at 7.30pm on Thursday 22 March at Flowergate United Reformed Church, Whitby.

 

For more information or if you are interested in the scheme but unable to attend the meeting please contact Deacon Helen Webster at helenweb2@gmail.com or telephone 01947 602248.

 

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