New street pastors have safety in mind for Rugby revellers

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Revellers who are hitting the town for a night out can now feel even safer, thanks to 11 new Street Pastors.

Volunteers have completed the majority of their Ascension Trust mandated training sessions and were commissioned at a church service held in Caldecott Park.

Rugby Street Pastors Co-ordinator Bob Reeve said their purpose is to provide a Christian presence on the streets and give support to patrons of the night time economy, without discrimination.

Ron Ball, Warwickshire Police & Crime Commissioner said: “If anyone had suggested to me five years ago that a sensible way to deal with disorder in our town centres was to distribute lollipops I would have thought that they had lost the plot.

“Not only was I completely wrong, I’ve seen the benefits of the work that Street Pastors do with my own eyes. Pastors do great work and I’m really grateful for their efforts.”

Maria Kilby, one of the newly commissioned Street Pastors said: “It was an amazing service and fellowship spent with all my new amazing street pastors colleagues. I want to especially thank Bob and Margaret Reeve for bringing us all together and dedicating so much of their free time to the ‘street pastor cause.”