Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014 on 6:00 am

Bradford Street Angels recognised for keeping streets safe

Bradford Street Angels

Founders and long-standing volunteers

Bradford Street Angels

Chief Inspector Damien Miller awards street angel Louise Foster

Bradford Street Angels

The Bradford Street Angels with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford

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A group of volunteers, who take time out of their schedules to patrol Bradford’s city centre to ensure people are safe, have been recognised for their efforts at a special reception in Bradford’s City Hall.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Joanne Dodds, welcomed the Bradford Street Angels yesterday, who work with the police, ambulance service, CCTV operators and pub door staff to keep people safe at night.

At the reception, Chief Inspector Damien Miller awarded street angel Louise Foster the District Chief Superintendent’s Commendation, for her commitment to providing support to members of the community since 2007.

Certificates were also handed out to all the volunteers.

One of the longest standing members of the Bradford Street Angels, John Dinsdale, told the Yorkshire Standard: “We’ve had over 700 volunteers or maybe more come through the project, so it’s nice for the volunteers to get this recognition.

“We’ve got a lot of things coming up. We want the project to evolve, so we’re always looking forward to new ideas and organisations we can partner with.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Joanne Dodds, added: “As a street angel myself, I know what a valuable contribution the volunteers make to keeping people in the city centre feeling safe, whether it be those on a night out to the pub, theatre or just passing through.

“It is only right that they get recognition for this worthwhile role.”

The first team of volunteers patrolled the streets in 2007, and in their first six months, violent crime in the city centre fell by 22%, with a 60% reduction in robberies and an 80% reduction in common assault.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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