On Saturday 12th May, Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby and Bulkington, went out on patrol with the Rugby Street Pastors. To set the scene before the patrol, he was given an overview of the work of the Street Pastors which was set up 9 years ago. He heard about the extensive training programme that each Street Pastor undertakes, its role in the partnership with the Church, Police and Rugby Borough Council, the growth of the work with new trainees and the impact that the Street Pastors have in helping to make Rugby a safer town. This was followed by a tour of the Rugby First CCTV Control Room.
While on patrol, he experienced first-hand the Rugby night time economy, including visiting night clubs, pubs and talking to the door staff and clubbers as they patrolled Rugby’s streets.
Mark said ““The street pastors make an invaluable contribution to our community and to the night time economy in Rugby’s town centre. I was very pleased to be able to join them on Saturday to help them on their patrol. We should all be grateful for the work they do, as they are all volunteers who give up their time to help those in need and make Rugby town centre safer for everyone to enjoy themselves.”
Pete Hickey, Rugby Street Pastor Coordinator, said “I would like to thank Mark for his comments and for giving up his time (and sleep!) and the interest that he has shown in our work by patrolling with us. Sorry we could n’t fix the weather for him!”
For Further Information regarding Rugby Street Pastors contact:
Tel: 07811 639715