Street Angels Bridlington are featured in a Bridlington Free Press Special Report: Crime in Bridlington.
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Street Angels are also out helping
Another group trying to deal with the busy weekend drinking sessions are the Bridlington Street Angels.
Speaking to the Free Press on Saturday night, the group explain how they provide non threatening, non judgemental help to the town’s revellers.
Formed earlier this summer, the Street Angels pick up broken glasses and bottles, offer water, flip-flops to girls with aching feet and a sympathetic ear.
Peter Wilson, of the Street Angels, said: “Tonight has been fairly standard. We try and talk to people, and the response we get is almost entirely positive.
“I think people realise that we are out volunteering and we are genuinely just trying to help. We try and talk to people who are having a bad time, we have dealt with those who have had their head bashed and need an ambulance, those who have had their drink spiked. Anyone.”
The Street Angels will be training new recruits in October/November, with anyone interested in helping urged to visitwww.bridlingtonstreetangels.co.uk
Sgt Mark Shingles, licensing officer for the East Riding, welcomes their support. He said: “Anyone is a help. I think it is unfortunate that we have to rely on volunteers to clear up in the town after people who have had too much to drink. It is a sad indictment.
“But I cannot praise them enough. I think people realise that they are not in [police]* uniform, they are not us, and that makes it easier for them to provide welfare and support.”
Humberside Inspector David Braysmith, lead on licensing and reducing alcohol related violence within the East Riding said, “The East Riding remains one of the safest places in the UK to live, work and visit, but we have to be conscious that alcohol crime and disorder is a national problem in all areas including ours, which we need to tackle.”