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Team of 'City Angels' in Chichester help night-time drinkers

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Image caption The "City Angels" project aims to reduce drunkenness and violence on the streets

A team of helpers called "City Angels" will be on the streets of Chichester later to help keep drinkers safe.

The group will go out in pairs from 21:00 GMT with first-aid kits, flip flops and bottles of water.

The new project, run by the Revelation Church, is modelled on other schemes such as "Street Pastors".

Lee Nancarrow, from the church, said the team was passionate about making the city centre a "fun-filled safe place to be".

He said: "We will work in close communication with the police and door staff so we can be where help is needed.

"We have over 50 trained volunteers, with the youngest just 18-years-old and the oldest 84-years-old."

The team will also be armed with space blankets and referral cards from other organisations in the area.

Councillor Janet Duncton, cabinet member for housing and planning at Chichester District Council, said: "There are some amazing volunteers within our district, and this is shown by the number of City Angels willing to spend their Friday night helping out people in our city centre."

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