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Street Angels launch in Whitby
will begin patrolling Whitby this Friday (20 July).
Led by Churches Together, the Street Angels
support the police and other agencies, providing reassurance to
members of the public and support to those that are vulnerable
including those that are intoxicated.
They hand out water and in some cases
support people to a taxi. They pick up discarded bottles that could
be used as weapons and give out flip-flops to prevent people
walking in bare feet which could lead to injuries. They also call
the emergency services where appropriate and provide basic first
aid if it is needed.
For the last three months the 12 volunteers
who will patrol Whitby have been taking part in a comprehensive
training programme assisted by officers from the North Yorkshire
Police, Scarborough Borough Council, The Cambridge Centre and other
The scheme is a voluntary project and has
been set up in partnership with Safer Communities, North Yorkshire
Moors and Coast, Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire
Police and Whitby Churches to:
provide reassurance and promote the feeling of safety within the
night time economy
reduce anti social behaviour and disorder
cut street crime including violent crime
reduce the need for emergency services so they can be better
Initially, Street Angels will be patrolling
Whitby Town Centre one night each weekend during peak times to
contribute to creating a safer community.
Similar projects in other parts of the
country have seen up to a 50 per cent reduction in violent crime
and anti social behaviour and Street Angel co-ordinators in Whitby
hope to achieve this and more.
The Whitby Street Angels project will be
officially launched by the Mayor of Whitby, Cllr John Freeman,
tomorrow (19 July) at the Whitby Museum in Pannett Park, where
volunteers will be introduced formally to the different partner
Lesley Philps, Scarborough Borough Council
Community Safety Officer, said: “Whitby does not have a huge
problem with anti-social behaviour, but like other towns and cities
in the country there are issues, particularly on a Friday and
Saturday night when people have drunk too much.
“In Scarborough where The Street Angels
have been established for some time now, they have made a really
positive difference to the night time economy and I’m confident
they will make a noticeable difference to people’s wellbeing in