West Yorkshire’s PCC joins Leeds Street Angels to keep revellers safe (28 Nov 2016)

Leeds Street Angels 4Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner spent Friday night (25/11) helping to keep revellers safe in Leeds City Centre with the Street Angels.

Mark joined Leeds Street Angels at their headquarters in the Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane for a briefing before hitting the streets.

The Street Angel teams had a busy night and helped four revellers get home safely, assisted two people to get medical treatment and helped a homeless man, who was distressed, settle down for the night. They also gave out a foil blanket to a shivering reveller, six bottles of water, six pairs of flip flops to people walking through town with no shoes on, gave directions to sixteen people and disposed of nineteen glass bottles.

Leeds Street Angels launched in January 2012 and helps to make Leeds City Centre a safer place to be on a night out and reduce crime.

The teams are out every Friday and the occasional Saturday nights from 10pm to 3am and work alongside other agencies to provide practical care, listening ears and look out for people as they work and play in all the city has to offer.

They are also often asked to provide support to large city wide events such as the opening of the Leeds Arena and the Gay Pride festival.

Mark said: "Leeds Street Angels do a fantastic job, working a long side other agencies such as the police, to keep Leeds City Centre safe and feeling safe.

"It was great to join them for a night shift and see first-hand the really valuable work they do in the city centre. I am constantly impressed that people across West Yorkshire are prepared to give up their time in all kinds of weather conditions to make sure that people are supported and protected and that our communities are safer places for us all to enjoy."

Leeds Street Angel, Andrew Shepherd said: "It was great to have the Crime Commissioner with us for the night and to show him what Leeds Street Angels do. We couldn't be successful without the help we get from the other organisations also working to make Leeds a safe place at night and it was good to learn about the bigger picture from the time we spent with him. "

To find out more about Leeds Street Angels visit www.leedsstreetangels.org.uk.

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