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Manchester: Angels on hand in new late night safe haven

Late night revellers now have a safe haven in Manchester city centre, with Christian-run Street Angels closely involved ...

Late night revellers now have a safe haven in Manchester city centre, with Christian-run Street Angels closely involved.

The project aims to make the city’s streets a safer place for the tens of thousands of people who head into town on Friday and Saturday nights.

Based at the Nexus Art Café on Dale Street in the Northern Quarter, it is designed to provide support to people who are struggling to get home and take the pressure of over-stretched emergency services.

The safe haven will operate on Friday and Saturdays, from 11pm until 6am.

Chief Inspector Laura Marler, who is coordinating the Safe Haven scheme, said: “Weekend nights in the city centre are a busy time for all partners including police.

"This initiative is to ensure our most vulnerable members of the community are protected. We can reduce the demand on our frontline services and the number of incidents of violent crime – and ensure those visiting the city can enjoy their night safely.

“The centre will act as a place of safety and a hub for police to provide care, advice and assistance for anyone who attends.

"Water and hot drinks will be provided and visitors to the café will receive support to help them arrange to get home.”

The haven will be manned by officers, special constables, Manchester Street Angels and the LGBT Foundation Village Angels.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said: “This safe haven will enhance the valuable work done by our emergency services, door staff and army of volunteers from the LGBT Foundation Village Angels, and Manchester Street Angels who are out every weekend to keep people safe in our city centre.

“The safe haven will provide a place for people to chill out, perhaps recharge their phone, get support and ultimately get home safely.

“It will help to make sure that our police are freed up to keep our city’s streets safe but most importantly, it will mean people who could fall victim to crime are able to keep out of harm’s way.

“I hope this scheme is a success as it demonstrates how the emergency services, venues, charities and volunteers are all working together to make our city a fantastic place.”

The scheme has been developed by Manchester council, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner and other partners.

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