Street pastors praised for help at night-times

Street pastors Dilys Mills, Jane Glithero and Stuart Mutton, who were among those out on patrol during Christmas and New Year
Street pastors Dilys Mills, Jane Glithero and Stuart Mutton, who were among those out on patrol during Christmas and New Year
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Police have thanked volunteers who help vulnerable people on the streets at night after they removed more than 1,300 potential weapons.

Street pastors, who will have been helping people on the streets of Kettering on Saturday nights for six months this weekend, collected 1,339 bottles, cans and glasses between October and December.

Sgt Ali Quinn, alcohol harm reduction sergeant for Northamptonshire Police, said: “Violence is on the increase in the county and nationally, but recovering that number of bottles is going to have a positive effect.

“We are fully supportive of the street pastors.

“In the long term street pastors’ deployment will be integral to the reduction of anti-social behaviour and violence.

“I’d like to say a huge thank-you for what they have done.”

This Sunday about 20 churches across the area will hear five-minute presentations on the work of the 34 Christian volunteers from 16 churches, who go out in four teams between 11pm and 3am.

The Christians supported 16 vulnerable people, calmed two aggressive people and helped 10 people who were impaired by drugs or alcohol over the three months.

They also gave out 152 pairs of flip flops and 411 lollipops to revellers.

Street pastor co-ordinator Fiona de Boltz, who volunteered on Christmas Eve, said: “It was amazing. It was really full of goodwill.”

Volunteer Stuart Mutton, 61, of Wren Close, Barton Seagrave, who was out on New Year’s Eve, said: “We had a couple who were in a bad way and we arranged for them to get to the first aid.”

Helen Lockwood, 45, of Scott Road, Kettering, said: “It has been interesting and eye-opening. I have gained much more than I have given.”

About 20 Christians stay in Central Methodist Church, Kettering, and pray for the volunteers.