Telford Street Pastors to share new van with police

Street pastors and police in Telford have been presented with a new van by Shropshire's police commissioner.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion handed over the van, which will be used from Monday to to Thursday by Telford policing teams.

On weekends the Street Pastors will use the van as a mobile base in Telford as somewhere to look after revellers.

The Street Pastors, who have been operating in Telford since 2011, patrol the streets at a weekend from 9.30pm until 4am – sometimes later.

They mainly operate in Telford town centre but also, where possible, in Madeley, Ironbridge, Oakengates, Newport and Wellington.

Mr Campion said he wanted to make it a shared asset to make sure it is fully utilised.

"The van will be of great help to both the neighbourhood policing teams and the Street Pastors. Allowing them to have a mobile base means that they can cover more of the Telford area and be easily accessible to the public and those who need support – in whatever form that may be," he said.

"This investment is a perfect example of how our police and local volunteers can be supported to help keep our community safe.”

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The Rev Keith Osmund-Smith, lead coordinator of Telford Street Pastors, said: "We are delighted to share this valuable and practical resource with our partners West Mercia Police.

"We are grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for the creative and strategic thinking that affirms the work of the Street Pastors in the night-time economy of Telford. This new vehicle will enable us to continue serving our community together for years to come.”

Telford’s local policing commander, Superintendent Tom Harding, said: "I’m grateful to our PCC for his commitment to invest in frontline policing, it’s really important to us that our safer neighbourhood teams are visible and the new van will mean they can be right in the heart of our local communities.

"It will provide a base for people to drop in and speak to their local officer and hear more about the work that’s being done to make their area even safer, it is also an opportunity for people to discuss any concerns they have about crime and anti-social behaviour so that we can look to see what we can do to address these.

"The Street Pastors play a crucial role in helping ensure those enjoying a night out in Telford can do so safely and I’m pleased to share the van with them and that it will enable them to provide somewhere safe and warm for those needing support during a night out.

"We’ve seen a significant reduction in crime linked to the night time economy in Telford and I know this is down to the great partnership working we do with both the local authority and volunteers with Street Pastors.”




Date: 08 November 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

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