Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Festival street pastors praised by police

Street pastors who worked in the town centre during the Cheltenham Festival have been praised by the police.

The group of church volunteers, which are backed by the town's police, civic leaders and local churches, has been operational for four years.

Pastors were out in the town centre throughout the festival offering guidance to thousands of visitors.

Insp Tim Waterhouse of Gloucestershire Police said they formed "part of the policing experience".

More than 50 people have been commissioned as street pastors from 30 churches who offer practical help for revellers.

They also hand out water, flip-flops and blankets.

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