During May there were:
- 2 Friday night patrols
- 3 Saturday night patrols
- 5 Patrols totalling 26 hours of cover involving 18 Street Pastors
- 5 pairs of flip-flops given, 14 bottles of water and 230 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in May:
- Sought to help a distressed young lady
- Helped another young lady make her way back to Abingdon
- Helped to bring calm to a group
- Cleared lots of litter and broken glass from the town centre
A member of the public alerted us to a young lady who was apparently attempting to throw herself in the path of oncoming traffic. We arrived and were thankful to find the Police already in attendance.
We helped bring calm to Wantage town centre after a disagreement between two women erupted on the streets with several scuffles breaking out between two groups of people. Street Pastors called the police and helped to keep the two groups apart despite a young man’s attempts to exacerbate the situation. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries or arrests.
On another occasion, we found an upset young lady sat at the bus stop surrounded by carrier bags full of clothes. Having had an argument with her boyfriend she was trying to get back to Abingdon. With little money and a daytime return ticket, she wasn’t sure she would make it there – especially as there are no direct buses to Abingdon at that time of night. We spent some time with her while waiting for the bus to Oxford and spoke to the bus driver on her behalf. He kindly said that he would take her to Oxford and ensure that she got on a bus to Abingdon with the ticket she already had. We are always very grateful for the kindness of others as they share in the work of helping people in need late at night.