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Street Angels Start Work In Barrow Tonight

Barrow's Street Angels will head out for the first time tonight to support revellers who've overdone it.

The church initiative will see volunteer groups helping people on Cavendish Street - they'll have flip flops, lollipops, foil blankets and a listening ear.

24 people have undergone training at the Trinity Church Centre.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says their work will stop people making unnecessary A&E trips or wasting police time.

PCC Peter McCall commented on the project: “We know lots of people get into difficultly after having too much to drink. These people need help and a kind ear and someone who can point them in the right direction and make sure they get home safely. This is a great way to work WITH the Police and WITH the community, that’s the really important thing. My mantra is ‘we not they’,we shouldn’t expect other people to pick up the pieces. The police and others haven’t got those resources. We’ve seen around the country, Street Pastors and Street Angels save the time of the Police and NHS A&Es get blocked up with those who don’t need to be there. They just need someone to point them in the right direction and give them a hand. I really welcome Street Angels to Barrow.”

Rob O’ Connor, Superintendent for Policing in Cumbria has also welcomed the new project: "I am extremely grateful to the volunteers who have formed Barrow Street Angels and will give up their own time on Saturday nights, and some Bank Holiday weekends and festive Fridays. The Barrow Street Angels will assist the Police by reducing some of our demand i.e. they will support people who have lost their friends, are struggling to get home, or just need a friendly face to talk to. They are independent of the Police, but I am really looking forward to my officers working alongside them, as we all want the Town Centre to be safe from trouble where those on a night out can enjoy themselves with friends.”

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