Scunthorpe Street Pastors celebrated their fourth anniversary hosted by Tata Steel, who freely offered once again their beautiful conference centre as an opportunity for the Urban Trinity (Council, Police and Church) to come together and celebrate the positive impact upon the town that the Street Pastor programme has had.
Deputy Mayor Trevor Foster commented that he had been deeply impressed by what he had seen and heard during the evening, as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Paul Robinson, Superintendent David Hall, Safer Neighbourhoods representative Nick Richards, and local businessman John Hayes all spoke warmly of the contribution the initiative has made to the marked reduction in violent crime in Scunthorpe during the last four years.
As a response to the invitation to attend the evening, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Paul Robinson spent a night on the streets with a Street Pastor team – he spoke warmly of his impressions from that night, particularly of the impact of a caring presence on the streets. His phrase from the experience was, “Street Pastors prevent victims of alcohol becoming victims of crime.”
Also presenting during the evening were several currently serving Street Pastors; team leader Paul Silabon provided statistics including the fact that in the four years since starting, Scunthorpe Street Pastors had walked 20,000 miles between them and picked up over 5000 bottles (potential weapons)!
Paul Robinson provided the charge in the recommissioning of the serving Street and Prayer Pastors, and Jancis Loten, the outgoing coordinator of the Prayer Team, prayed the commissioning prayer. John and Jancis Loten were presented with tokens of appreciation for their work during the four years – the importance of prayer was mentioned by almost every speaker of the evening.
The evening was presented by Iain Drysdale, of the Street Pastor Management Team; Bryan Webster, Coordinator, provided the Chairman’s Report.
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin, who has also spent a night working with the Street Pastors and who regretted being unable to attend the celebration, sent the following message: “The Street Pastors in Scunthorpe do a first class job. I have been privileged to go out with them on a Saturday night in the Town Centre and observe the calm, sensitive and supportive way they help people who get into difficulties. They also have an excellent relationship with other agencies such as the police and door keepers who help create a positive environment for the night time economy. They are very well respected by these partners as well as the people enjoying themselves in the town centre. As such they are an excellent opportunity of the sort of practical, positive work faith organisations and others do in our community. I am very proud of them and thank them for what they do on all our behalf.”
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