Par­ents launch ‘street an­gel’ help

Stockport Times West - - BIG PICTURE -

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.”

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