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Commissioner to join street pastors in late-night Retford

NOTE:  The press are welcome to come along

Street Pastors in Retford are to be joined on Friday night (17 May, 10pm) by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, who is on a mission to produce an alcohol strategy that will benefit all of Nottinghamshire’s communities.

“I am keen to see at first hand the valuable work that the pastors do in relation to the night-time economy and revellers. They not only help people whose drinking has triggered problems both for themselves and those around them, but bring the community an increased sense of safety and security,” he said.

“What I see and hear will add to the information and insights I have been gathering in recent months about problems caused by misuse of alcohol. These problems rarely affect individuals alone as, more often than not, they create a ripple effect on families, public services, businesses and members of the public.

“Many of us like to have a drink or two but know when to stop. I’m now focusing with our partners on finding solutions to alcohol-induced harm and distress, including anti-social behaviour.”

Mr Tipping will be out and about with the Retford Street Pastors from 10pm. Established in May 2009, the Retford and Worksop Street Pastors are now a common sight in the towns’ weekend nightlife scenes.

Street pastors are part of an inter-denominational Church response to late night town-centre problems by engaging with people on the streets to care, listen, talk and help. Pioneered in London in 2003 by the Rev.Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, the scheme has brought some remarkable results, including drops in crime.

The pastors work with support from local churches and community groups in partnership with police, council and other statutory agencies.


Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2013
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