Gloucestershire

Cheltenham's street pastors recruit more volunteers

A further 12 street pastors have been recruited in Cheltenham to help late night revellers in need.

The Christian volunteers patrol the town's streets each weekend, handing out water and blankets to people leaving bars and clubs.

The scheme has been credited with reducing late-night crime and antisocial behaviour in a number of towns in the UK.

Cheltenham's street pastors have been operating in the town for a year.

The new recruits take the number of volunteers up to 50.

Insp Jon Roberts of Gloucestershire Police said: "Cheltenham is a safe place and street pastors help with that.

"They act as a safety net to pick up vulnerable people who may become casualties of the night time economy."

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