Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire street pastors start weekend patrols

A service has been held at Worcester Cathedral to inaugurate a team of street pastors to help improve night-time safety in the city at weekends.

The 14 volunteers will walk around the city centre in pairs on Saturday nights offering help to people when needed.

Their role include helping people to get home safely, protecting the vulnerable and offering practical care.

The scheme is jointly run by the Church of England, West Mercia Police and Worcester City Council.

During the service on Saturday a spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "I'm convinced that the presence of street pastors on our streets will make a significant difference."

The Archdeacon of Worcester, the Venerable Roger Morris, added: "It really is about helping people who are visitors and part of the night time economy, to be safe and happy and looked after.

"The tagline for street pastors is showing the love of Jesus to the people in the city. It's just about helping people."

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