May 24, 2009
Street Pastors launch first night of patrols
first group of Street Pastors held their first walkabout in the
town on Saturday night (May 23rd) in an effort to reduce anti-social
behaviour and petty crime.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com
earlier this month, the Street Pastor group has been formed to
support local police and offer a helping hand to pub-goers, clubbers
and others who need help late at night.
four volunteers - Judy Sharp, Carolyn Down, Nick Down and Kevin
Baker - patrolled the town centre between 9pm and 2.30pm, and
got a positive reception.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a really good evening. We
had a very encouraging response from holidaymakers and local people,
all of whom showed a lot of interest in what we are doing."
was good to see the 'night time economy' in Burnham. It was actually
a fairly quiet evening with very few incidents."
patrols are planned for Burnham-On-Sea over the summer months
and a new scheme is also being planned for Brean and Berrow.
pastors, who are easily recognisable by their blue caps and jackets,
focussed on areas close to pubs and clubs where there is likely
to be more need for their 'listening ear' and support. They also
visited the Burnham Area Youth Centre, as pictured above.
Street Pastor scheme has been running in England since 2003 and
in some areas it has helped reduce night crime by up to 84%.
Pastors have already proven successful in other parts of Somerset,
including Weston and Taunton.
organisers of the Burnham scheme are keen to hear from volunteers
who would be interesting in joining.
you are over 18 (no upper age limit), a church member, and are
able to commit time to a dedicated training programme, contact
Judy Sharp via email here.
photos show (top) the pastors in Burnham Town Centre on Saturday
evening at the start of their operation; and (beneath) with BAY
Centre members in Cassis Close, and (bottom) walking along Pier