Pastors hit the streets

STREET pastors will be hitting the streets of Whitley Bay this weekend to offer help and support to those left vulnerable after drinking to excess.

The pastors, all volunteers from Whitley Bay and District Churches Together, will work alongside the police and have the use of a radio system so they can always contact an officer if they, or people they meet, need help.

The pastors will be patrolling in groups of three and will be on duty from 10pm until 4am every Saturday.

Inspector Jim Gray, of Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team, said: “We’re extremely pleased that street pastors are coming to Whitley Bay as they will provide a caring role and an extra uniformed presence around the town centre on a busy evening and will help to free up officers to deal with issues of crime and disorder.”

The Reverend Alan Dickinson, chairman of the town’s street pastors, added: “We are excited about launching this initiative in our local community.

“The aim of street pastors is to patrols the streets and to offer help and support to those who feel most vulnerable.

“They will provide water, first aid, space blankets and flip-flops to those in need.”