Town is safe

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Maid­stone Street Pas­tors co-or­di­na­tor Nigel Downes, pic­tured, said his prayers and thoughts went to the fam­ily of Mr Ch­ester, who died after suf­fer­ing a head in­jury.

He said: “Maid­stone is known for its safety and is great place to re­lax and have fun in. This in part is down to Maid­stone Street Pas­tors who are there from about 10pm on a Satur­day to 4am on a Sun­day and who are there to lis­ten, care and help.

“That could be to any­one – some­one who is drunk or has been us­ing drugs, home­less peo­ple, those with men­tal health is­sues, lonely, sui­ci­dal, lost, trou­bled – the list is end­less.

“Our Street Pas­tor pa­trols of­ten visit the likes of Brench­ley Gar­dens which has a rep­u­ta­tion of hav­ing some prob­lems, as do some other ar­eas.

“Along with Street Pas­tors is the in­valu­able ser­vice of the Ur­ban Blue Bus, who sup­ply med­i­cal treat­ment in town, and the Street Mar­shalls who are on hand pe­ri­od­i­cally to as­sist with some se­cu­rity is­sues.”

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