Lancaster pastors in cash boost

Support: A Street Pastor helps a woman in need
Support: A Street Pastor helps a woman in need
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Street Pastors have received a donation from police to help them deal with drunken revellers on nights out in Lancaster.

Lancashire police have used funding from the Community Alcohol Network (CAN) to provide the Lancaster branch with a range of items, including bottled water, flip-flops and blankets, to help any vulnerable people they may encounter during their patrols and help ensure they get home safely.

The pastors – trained volunteers from local churches – go out into the city centre in teams of four every Saturday night, between 10.30pm and 3am, to offer reassurance and support.

Sgt Dave Forshaw, licensing officer for Lancaster, said: “Police officers often find individuals in need through excessive drinking, and having the Street Pastor volunteers available to help those people means officers can be used for other duties.

“It goes without saying we are very grateful for their help.”

“Reducing the number of instances where people become vulnerable through drink is a priority for Lancashire Police. We are introducing several initiatives to both reduce the opportunities for excessive drinking but also help those that don’t heed our advice.”