Parents launch ‘street angel’ help
TdurinT HE parents of a teenager who died g a Christmas night out have launched a squad dedicated to supporting the vulnerable after dark.
Adam Pickup was found dead by search teams after he went missing one evening between last Christmas and New Year.
The 17-year-old’s body was discovered under a railway arch in Castlefield two days after he was spotted wandering on CCTV.
His parents Chris and Chantal Pickup, from Bramhall, joined volunteers and police officers ahead of the new Street Angels volunteer network’s first night patrolling Manchester city centre.
Mr Pickup said Adam’s death could have been avoided if somebody had been on hand to help.
He said: “There were opportunities there where if somebody had pointed him in the right direction it could all have been different. His death was so needless.”
Mrs Pickup added: “Adam wasn’t the first young man to die in the city centre, and just talking to the volunteers it’s come to a point where they saw the community come out and to make a difference they had to do something.
“The street angels will hopefully stop it happening advice or support. to another family.” Insp Phil Spurgeon said:
The teams, funded partly “We know some people on through proceeds of crime, a night out in Manchester will patrol streets in Manchester city centre and offer
will become vulnerable.”