Street volunteers to patrol Southsea’s Albert Road

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CHRISTIAN volunteers are to patrol Southsea’s Albert Road on Friday and Saturday nights to help keep the peace.

A small army of 32 people is being trained to volunteer as street pastors in the Albert Road area of Southsea.

They hope their presence will help reduce the fear of crime, as well as helping people who have drunk too much and are vulnerable or in need.

They will also help people to taxis or find a way to get home safely.

The move follows a two-month pilot in Albert Road last summer. The new recruits will bring the total number of street pastors in Portsmouth – the majority of whom volunteer in the Guildhall Walk area – to more than 80.

Elly Mulvaney, area co-ordinator, hopes the scheme will be up and running in April. She said: ‘We met the police last year and it was felt that Albert Road was the greatest area of need, purely because of the fear of crime.

‘Our main aim is to support people who are vulnerable, by listening, caring and helping.

‘It’s about building a relationship with people and offering practical help when people come out of bars and clubs having drunk quite a lot.’