North East Wales

Rhyl 'angels' to offer help to revellers

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Image caption Churchgoers in Rhyl have volunteered as 'Street Angels' to offer help to revellers over busy weekends

Salvation Army members and churchgoers are taking to the streets of Rhyl at night to offer help to revellers.

The so-called Street Angels began operating this month after a pilot scheme last year was considered a success.

They now plan to operate at busy periods throughout next year, and not just this Christmas and New Year.

The volunteers have received basic training from North Wales Police, such as how to calm aggressive behaviour.

They will be on hand mainly to give practical help and support, such as giving out water, food and even shoes, as well as providing emotional support.

Rhyl Salvation Army Captain Angela Tucker said: "We are hoping to develop and carry on during the year. Not every weekend but key weekends."

'Calming influence'

She said a dozen volunteers would be working from 2130 to 0200 GMT over key nights during Christmas and New Year.

"We feel that it is part of the community that needs to be protected," she said.

"People are thankful of water and something to eat to offset the drinking."

Wrexham has operated a similar service and, since July, Christian pastors have been taking to the streets of Bangor, Gwynedd, at night to help drinkers and revellers stay safe.

Sgt Gail McKenzie, from North Wales Police's community safety department, said: "Their presence should provide a calming influence on those people who meet them and will give practical, friendly support if the need arises.

"They will also help police by contacting us should they see any disorder. They will help to show revellers that people care."

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