Saturday, 31 December 2011

CSP Report - 31st December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday 31st December 2011

Street Pastors in good spirits prior to starting their patrol

Expectations were high that this would be the busiest and most challenging night since we commenced our Saturday night patrols at the beginning of September.  As a result for the first time we put out three groups of Street Pastors from 10pm until 3am. Although it was a busy night, the atmosphere was generally friendly and free from serious aggression. Our conclusions reflecting back over the first 4 months of our operation are that our busiest and most challenging night was on Halloween

Statistical Information
            13 pairs of flip-flops supplied
            11 bottles of water supplied
            3 space blankets supplied
            66 bottles/glasses collected and made safe
            51 significant conversations

Narrative Information
There was a heavy police and ambulance presence out on the streets and it was clear that any disturbances were dealt with quickly before they had the chance to turn into serious fights. The fact that we were not called on to supply first aid was an indicator of the fact that these were being dealt with by the paramedics who were on duty. Our conversations with them indicated that they had been quite busy and they had concluded that the cost of putting on the Town Centre Triage service had been worthwhile because of the savings it had made for people being treated in the Casualty Department at the Royal Hospital. Evidence of good teamwork was provided when one of the paramedics requested a pair of flip-flops for a young woman with a foot injury.

We came across the usual assortment of drunken people on the streets and provided what assistance we could. In one case we came across a young woman who had collapsed on the pavement and was being assisted by two young men. We quickly established that the woman had no injuries and although drunk would be able to get home safely in a taxi. Discussions revealed that the men were complete strangers to the woman and had simply stopped to offer assistance. This scenario has been repeated on many occasions during the first four months of our operation and we are always careful to try to ensure that we do not expose people to the risk of people taking advantage of them whilst they are drunk. It is highly likely that the two men had been motivated by a genuine desire to assist, but as always we were careful and invited them to leave when the woman indicated that she did not need their assistance. We were able to assist her to a nearby taxi office where the management were extremely helpful and she was able to jump the queue for a taxi home. We do spend considerable time cultivating good relationships with the taxi proprietors and we have a good understanding with them.

We dealt with a young man who was sitting on the pavement, worse for wear. He already had a bottle of water and friends were supporting him while awaiting a taxi. Sadly the situation turned volatile when the friends had a disagreement in the adjacent takeaway and police had to keep them apart. The young man, though, recovered sufficiently to stand up and get involved in the argument!

Having been requested by the police to assist with a drunken female we discovered on our arrival that she had made a complaint that she had been assaulted earlier in the evening and arrangements were being made for her to be interviewed. She was showing signs of shock and looked very cold so we assistance by providing her with a space blanket.

We also bumped into one of our regulars who over the months has reported a life messed up by broken relationships, homelessness etc but on this occasion we were pleased to see that she was getting her life together and looking forward to a brighter 2012 than had been the case in the year about to end.

Walking through the Crooked Spire churchyard one of our teams came across a young women sitting on a wall alone. Initially it was difficult to get a conversation going with her and her body language (huddled, head down) suggested she was reluctant to be disturbed. However it was felt that she would not be safe to be left alone and after sitting near her and some tentative questioning from a female SP the girl divulged that she had some mental health issues and had simply walked out of the house and come into town alone. Attempts were made to persuade her to contact friends or family and after a while she found her mobile, dialled home and handed the phone to the SP to initiate contact. It turned out that her family had reported her missing and the police were in attendance at home. The police officer asked the SP to stay with the girl while they contacted the police in town, who arrived quickly and she went willingly to sit in their car and talk with them.

This situation was another example of how SPs can work hand-in-hand with other agencies and support families. It also served as a reminder that there can be more to a scenario than meets the eye - the SP's initial assumption was that the girl had been partying and become separated from friends, as is often the case, but instead there were deeper issues that took a little time to begin to understand.

We only see snippets of these life stories but God knows all the issues intimately and it is good to know we can keep talking to Him about these people after the event.

We were surprised by the lack of exuberant celebration on the streets at midnight which used to be the case prior to extensive late night premises and by the fact that New Years Eve was actually quieter than was the case on Halloween.

At 3am we concluded that the late night revellers still in the town would be there until 6am or after, so we decided to go home and reflect on our experiences since setting up Street Pastors

We have enjoyed being part of the Late Night Economy Community since September. We always have a sense of teamwork and our presence on the streets is view very positively. We look forward to new developments in 2012. Happy New Year!

Friday, 30 December 2011

CSP Report 30th December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Friday 30th December 2011

On this the third and final Friday night patrol initiated for the Christmas and New Year period, one group of 4 Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm to 1.45am. They were supported by 5 Prayer Pastors at the base.

We were surprised that despite the expectations of increased demand, it was extremely quiet on the streets of the Late Night Entertainment area of Chesterfield.

Statistical Information
12 bottles collected and made safe
84 significant conversations

Narrative Information
There were fewer people out on Friday than any of us had ever seen (or not!) and to say it was quiet was an understatement. Probably a combination of people partying before Christmas and having no money, preparing to go out on Saturday, or put off as they feared the bad weather earlier in the day would continue. There were however a few small groups who were more mature and had 'been allowed out' and chosen to go out on the Friday as they knew it would be quieter, who were clearly having a really good time. The tone of the evening was that people who were out were good natured and determined to enjoy themselves and most people didn’t look as though they had been drinking heavily (with a few exceptions).

The circumstances meant that we had more time to talk to people and we had far more lengthy and significant conversations than would have been possible on a normal Saturday night.. It was good to have really had an opportunity to talk to lots of the door staff who are normally too busy to chat for more than a couple of minutes. We even managed to have a dance with some people. Every bar and club said they had hardly anyone in, many closed quite a few hours earlier than normal. We helped one young man who was sick, but he recovered very well and met us eating a take-away half an hour later.

We had no calls for assistance.

The Street Pastors finished at 01.45 as there were hardly any people out and about on the street by then. People had either gone into the few clubs that were open or gone home.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

CSP Report 24th December

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday  24th December 2011

Outline Information
Two groups of four patrolled from 10 pm until 3 am with George (trained but not commissioned)  joining Team One to observe.

We were supported by three Prayer Pastors. It was a very quiet night, mainly young people out, and with a party atmosphere on the whole, a few scuffles later on with males trying to escort mates who were worse for wear out of town. Once again there was little aggression and most people were enjoying themselves in small groups. The response to what we were about was positive and warm on the whole.

As it was quiet we used the time, particularly when we first went out, to chat with uniform and staff in fast food outlets. The taxi drivers who were unusually quiet were also pleased to talk. We began to appreciate their long and unsocial hours with the resulting effect on their family life, particularly at Christmas time for those with young children.

Statistical Information
2 pairs of flip-flops given out
3 bottles of water given out
32 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
1 space blanket provided
1 first aid call
15 significant conversations

Narrative information.
We left base after prayer and preparation in high spirits and suitably lit up and festive! As we arrived in the market place we saw two youths blocking off that end of the market, outside the London Camera Centre with the market stall trestles that were stacked up there. We shouted to them asking what they thought they were doing, at which time they ran off. We re-stacked the trestles while they watched from a distance, then they disappeared up through  the nearby alley.

At the briefing, staff remarked that in all probability, it would be a quiet night with early doors. Which turned out to be the case. SIN was closed and the Courtyard closed unusually early. We spent most of the shift in Corporation Street, with regular walks through the Churchyard and around the back, near the Derbyshire Times where there are normally plenty of bottles and recently several broken ones.

We had some interesting conversations with young males who in a couple of instances wanted to talk religion. We told them we were not out to give them sermons but instead we got them ourselves. At the end of one of these, the young man in question, on finding out that Ian and Yvonne were married, insisted on a “family hug!”. We were also treated to several enlightening talks about evolution and Darwin by two very eloquent young men and it was good to have the time to listen.

We had several conversations with young people who talked of the difficulties of having to decide which parent to spend Christmas Day with when the family was split, and the feeling of being torn between the two.
We responded to two calls, one from CCTV, the other from uniform. The first, to team 2, asked us to  go to a girl who had fallen in the road outside Isis Noir. When we got there she had been helped to her feet and was being supported by two young men. The two female team members asked if these males were with her. They said no but they were just looking after her while she tried to ring her mates who were still inside the venue. She told us she was fine, and didn’t need us. One of the males whispered, “she isn’t fine can you stick around?” She was clearly very emotional as well as drunk, so we said we would stay and the good Samaritans went on their way. Eventually, with the help of a passing police officer, we contacted her Dad by phone. He arrived after 30 minutes or so to collect her. During the waiting time she told us she was upset after recently losing her Grandad and had lost her sister and mates somewhere in town, and had been asked to leave Isis Noir, when she became aggressive.

The call from uniform to team 1 resulted in their helping a young lady to the triage area where she was found to have broken her arm in a fall.

A situation was calmed in the churchyard by team 2 when we saw two females arguing. On approaching them we realized that one of them was known to us as being homeless, and we had talked to her on several occasions. The other was also familiar and she reminded one of the team that we she given her flip flops the week before.  She gave her a hug saying she loved the “street angels”. We persuaded them both to go on their way as the high tension was clearly broken. We watched from the distance and saw them shake hands then walk off in opposite directions!

There was a serious incident at Back to the Nineties, in the early hours. Several police officers attended and we later talked to the Paramedic who treated a male who was taken to hospital in   a serious condition.
A couple of mopping up and wet wipe incidents for both teams, in each case managing to get the young person into a taxi or re united with mates.

Both teams had a break around 11.30 pm, to enable us to share communion together at Central Methodist Church followed by a hot drink. The prayer Pastors also joined us there.

A warmer, less festive night than last week with fewer large groups, resulting in a very different atmosphere. Excellent teamwork and a productive night. After a final walk though the churchyard and up and down Corporation Street where most of the clubs had closed, we walked back to base around 3am to debrief and pray together, tired but in good spirits!

Friday, 23 December 2011

CSP Report - 23rd December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors Report
Friday 23rd December 2011

This was the second of three planned Friday night patrols and it was anticipated that we would be rushed off our feet on a night which has traditionally been known as “Black Friday”.  In the event it was a quiet night with little evidence of the expected problems on the street.

Two teams of 3 Street Pastors patrolled between 10pm and 2am.

Statistical Information
            6 pairs of flip flops were provided
            55 bottles/glasses were collected and made safe
            1 bottle of water was supplied
            24 significant conversations took place
            1 person was prayed with (see later)

Narrative Information
Based upon what we had been led to believe would be the case by various people in the Night Time Economy area including licensees, door staff, police and taxi proprietors we were expecting to be hard pressed to deal with the demand upon our resources, but we did not have a single call from control and there were fewer people on the streets and in the clubs than is the case on a busy Saturday. This might have been partially due to the increased police and ambulance service presence on the streets.

Generally those we spoke to were of the opinion that there is an acute shortage of money and this is materially affecting the footfall in the Late Time Economy Area.

We did come across the usual collection of drunken people. It is worth considering that most of them were brought to our notice by door staff and others who we meet on a regular basis. The fact that they look to us to deal with such people is an indicator of the general awareness of what we do and the fact that they do have a concern that those who seem incapable of looking after themselves are provided with some support.

For example; the door staff at one club reported that a man had passed by the door of their premises and he was almost on all fours. We searched for this man in the direction they had indicated and eventually came across him. He was at this time standing in a door way near the rear of Marks and Spencer’s. We managed to have some conversation with him and decided that he was not in any immediate danger. During the next hour or so we came across him on a number of occasions and each time he was a little more in control of his movements than previously, providing evidence that our decision not to intervene had been appropriate.

The licensing staff from Chesterfield Borough Council also reported to one of our teams the fact that a man was flat out on a grass bank near the court building. We duly found the man as described and initially we were unable to get any reaction from him. He was lying on the grass with his expensive mobile phone at the side of his face as if he had been trying to contact someone. It was a cold night and we were concerned about the vulnerability of the man; at least he was likely to be relieved of his valuable possessions and at worst he could die from hypothermia. A call was made for assistance and at about the time the call was made we managed to wake him, whereupon he delivered to us a load of verbal abuse. When the police response vehicle arrived he had what might be regarded as a miraculous recovery and got up and ran away albeit in a non-too straight line – we accept no responsibility for the miracle!

One team was approached by a man who immediately asked the team to pray for him. He explained that he was expecting to become a father soon and he wanted to make a fresh start. The team prayed with him and suggested he contact a church and explain what had happened. This man was very persistent in requesting to be prayed for there and then in spite of the fact that his friend was encouraging him to resume their merry making.

Both teams received numerous expressions of thanks for the work that Street Pastors undertake week by week. Hugs and handshakes are a regular feature of our patrols. A number of the people we met had read the recent article in the Derbyshire Times and commented on it.

It was a cold and windy night and given the small number of people still on the streets at 2am we decided to conclude our patrols.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

CSP Report - 17th December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors 
Report for Saturday 17th December 2011

Outline Information
Two groups of three patrolled from 10pm until 3.45am supported by three Prayer Pastors .We had a good productive night we felt, with a party atmosphere, with little real aggression as far as we were concerned. We were able to help with several situations with good outcomes and had some positive conversations and positive feedback about our work. Staff in the fast food outlets, taxi offices and the door staff were all pleased to see us and chat when things were not too hectic.

Statistical Information
4 pairs of flip-flops given out
5 bottles of water given out
65 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
1 space blanket provided
1 first aid call
50 significant conversations

Narrative Information
Although there was a large number of people out on the street, the large majority were friendly, jolly and well behaved. There were a couple of skirmishes in the second half of the night, which were dealt with promptly by uniform nearby. There was quite a large uniform presence as well as the triage area for first aid. The atmosphere was festive with some interesting looking elves, pixies, a banana man, various Santas ( Mr’s and Mrs’ )and one strange character: duck like but, unsure just who he was supposed to be! ( nor were we!)

We dealt with several people, mostly young men, who were worse for wear, cleaning them up, giving water and making sure they had someone to see them home safely. We had several calls from cctv, asking for assistance. Team two waited with one 19 year old who was very drunk, giving him the usual treatment to make him more comfortable and contacting his parents who eventually arrived from  Alfreton to take him home. They were very grateful for our care for their son. Several similar calls came to us throughout the shift to both teams, some of which were resolved quickly when mates arrived to take over from us.

CCTV called us to a lad being ill outside Manzil restaurant, ticket tout was talking to him when we arrived and after a short period of trying to get him a cab his mates took over.

A Woman  whom we had met on the streets after training was given a warm pasty in Greggs as she was hungry.

Escorted a drunk female and friend to Donut car park to await family lift. Door staff at The Courtyard invited them into a warmer environment until the lift arrived.

Middle-aged woman had asthmatic attack in Club next to The Beach, uniform provided inhaler after informing CCTV we weren’t allowed to give medicine. Paul our St John Ambulance volunteer attended. We then escorted her and female friend to A-Line taxis where staff helped her into a cab.

Paul asked by friend on the street if he could rid her of moles with his ferret! Perhaps a little sideline?
Escorted elderly couple to taxi rank. Looked after people exiting the Winding Wheel and had conversations on what we were doing whilst they waited for lifts. Young lady helped into a cab after altercation with Cab Rank Manager. Cleared a quantity of dropped food from doorway of takeaway which was becoming lethal.
Two occasions escorted single women from churchyard who had got split from friends, men volunteer to look after them but refused as the women didn’t know them.

Witnessed three guys sniffing substance in alley way, no uniform present so had to leave reporting till later.
Observed couple having an aggressive altercation down alley, waited until we realised it was safe to leave them.


We met back at base to de brief and pray, for those we had met, those still out in the town, and not least the hard working but cheerful professionals still working. Although it had been a bitterly cold night (-3C recorded on smart phone  at one point) we felt that once again we were blessed to be in this role and returned home cold, but happy!

Friday, 16 December 2011

CSP Report - 16th December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors Report
Friday 16th December 2011

This was a first for Chesterfield Street Pastors; a Friday night patrol being the first of three to reflect the expected increased numbers of revellers celebrating the Christmas season.  Four Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm to 2.45am, with one Prayer Pastor supporting them at the base. There was a heavy police presence along with teams of ambulance personnel providing a Town Centre Triage service.

Statistical Information
                4 pairs of flip-flops issued
                6 bottles of water supplied
                3 incidents of minor first aid provided
                14 glasses and bottles recovered and made safe
                16 significant conversations
                1 situation calmed (partially at least)
Narrative Information
The statistical information indicates a quieter night than would be the norm for a Saturday night and overall that was true. However, there were lots of people on the streets, particularly between 10pm and 1am and the heavy police presence did have a positive impact on the behaviour of people. We felt that the situation could have been much more problematic but for the early police interventions observed by the team.

We are now well tuned to spot people who are vulnerable, as indicated in the case of a young woman we discovered, who although under the influence of alcohol, was still capable of standing and holding a conversation. She was not feeling well and admitted to being vulnerable because she had become detached from her friends. We supplied her with a bottle of water and waited with her whilst she successfully contacted her friends on her mobile telephone and arranged for them to meet up with her.  The water had a very positive impact and having assured her that we would come back and check that she was OK within the next 15 minutes so she must not move unless reunited with her friends we continued our patrol. On our return she had obviously met up with her friends and presumably resumed her night out.

Having been on the streets on Saturday nights for more than 3 months now, we often have people initiating conversations with us very directly about our Christian faith. One man coming out the Envy Night Club when he saw us immediately said “Street Pastors I’m glad I have seen you answer me this question “If God made the world, who made God?”

We had a long discussion in which some of his assumptions about Christians were found to be false on the basis of the combined experiences of the team. The assumptions included “Christians are mainly middle class and nothing bad happens to them”, “Poor people in Ethiopia would not as readily believe in God” (He was surprised to discover that one of the team members had lived in Ethiopia and could confirm that most of the poor people there had a strong belief in God).  It should be stressed that this conversation was entirely led by the man, we simply responded to his questions and statements. We recognise that we are not on the streets to preach, but we would be failing in our responsibility if we did not answer to the best of our ability genuine questions addressed to us.

We did clean up the occasional sick person, but there were nowhere near the normal numbers of seriously drunken people on the streets as indicated by the complete lack of calls from CCTV and other agencies.
The lack of calls for our service meant that we had time available to talk to the door security staff, taxi proprietors and fast food purveyors, who by now know us all very well and often enquire about other members of our team.

We were present in Holywell Street when a serious fight broke out between two young men. We called the police via the radio and one member of the team decided to intervene when there was a risk of serious injury because the men were fighting in the middle of the busy road and at one stage, one was kicking the other as he lay on the ground. We would not normally intervene in a fight, but in this case the risk of serious injury to those involved forced us to attempt to prevent the worst outcomes from occurring. The intervention was not entirely successful; they would part at the request to stop fighting but then resume fighting. Fortunately the police response was speedy and successful.

This was a quiet night with the special arrangements working well. From what we were told by the door security staff next Friday will be “mad Friday”, so we regarded this night as gentle preparation for the real thing! The Town Centre Late Night Economy team were impressive and we were happy to be a part of it.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Christmas Carols - 18 December 2011
Christmas Sing-Along Festivity for all the family!

Family Friendly Christmas Festivity,
this Sunday 18th December at 5:30pm at
St Patrick's Church Hall, High Street,
New Whittingon, S43 2DX.

Free entry including Mulled Wine
and Mince Pies courtesy of
Gateway Christian Fellowship
For more information contact 01246 210680 or see:

Monday, 12 December 2011


Christmas Puppets Extravaganza
17th December 2011, 4pm at Walton Evangelical Church

A fun show for all the family, come and see the puppets explain the Christmas story.

Puppets, nativity, carols, mince pies and refreshments ... what more could you ask for?!

Entry is free all are welcome.

For more information see:

Sunday, 11 December 2011


Christmas Concert - 19th December 2011
Starting 7:30pm at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

You are warmly invited to join us for an evening of music and fun celebrating the good news of Christmas.

A blend of musical styles from local talent: Gaz Simmonds, Hannah Howe, Katie Roe, Abbeydale Choir and the New Life Worship Group.

Tickets £2 at door - includes hot drinks and mince pies.
For more information contact Dave Bunting by calling 01246 200768, or email

Saturday, 10 December 2011


Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday 10th December 2011

Two teams each of 3 Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm until 3am, supported by a team of 4 Prayer Pastors at the operational base. One of the teams was accompanied by an observer (post graduate student from Sheffield University undertaking research as part of his project) for the first hour of our patrol.

It was a busy night with lots of people on the streets and an abundance of revellers wearing Santa outfits. The average age of the folk on the streets appeared to be a little older than the usual Night Time Economy clients, perhaps reflecting Works and other Christmas outings.
Statistical Information
  • 11 Pairs of flip-flops issued
  • 5 Bottles of water issued
  • 3 Occasions when basic first aid was provided
  • 3 Calls from cctv (flip-flops required, drunk person requiring assistance, injured person requiring first aid
  • 44 Bottles/glasses collected and made safe
  • 2 Requests for prayer
  • 19 Significant conversations
Narrative Information
Both teams were subjected to aggressive comments from a small number of people, including language which we do not intend to quote in this report. Conversely both teams received numerous unsolicited positive comments on the nature of the service provided.  These included favourable comparisons with places where Street Pastors were not currently operating.
The first half of the shift was spent in the usual manner, chatting to people and making our presence known to doormen and women, other night economy staff and the public. We were called to assist a mature woman who had collapsed outside a bar. Her family who were with her said that she had never reacted to alcohol in this manner before and were clearly very concerned for her safety. She was very sick and unable to walk. We assisted in the usual way by cleaning her up, carrying her to a safer place and providing water and space blanket. When we returned to the bench 45 minutes later her family had clearly secured some means of transport home.
We had a very meaningful conversation with 2 sisters who had been thrown out of one the clubs for disruptive behaviour. It transpired that one of them was expected to go to prison this week (we didn’t ask why) .She said that she would like to be forgiven for all her past life and was interested in Christianity. Her and her sister had a lot of family upheaval due to complex family relationship breakdowns. Both of them, though very drunk, were clearly searching for a new start. We prayed with them at their request. We suggested that if she did go to prison it may be possible to make contact with prison chaplain.

We were called to offer first aid to a sober lady who had fallen in one of the clubs and lacerated the back of her head.
There was more evidence of aggression on the streets than we would normally experience with patrols coming across fights taking place on a number of occasions.

We always make a point of regularly patrolling through the church yard of the Crooked Spire. The lighting there is not very bright and we always sense that a single person passing through in a drunken state may be quite vulnerable.  One such patrol revealed a man being sick down the wall of the church and although he claimed to be an atheist he made a point of apologising to God! It is also frequently used as a public toilet which we find sad.
During the early hours the police apparently received a report of an attempted rape which had taken place in the churchyard and in respect of which a suspect was arrested. After that event and not associated with it at approximately 2.45am one of the teams was  walking through the graveyard and noticed a girl who they suspected was being taken advantage of in her drunken state by a man. When she saw them, she immediately asked to be accompanied to the large car park to meet her friends with whom she was returning to Mansfield by taxi. The guy who was left in the graveyard was clearly unhappy, but we felt that we had arrived just at the right time!

We encountered the usual collection of drunken people, providing basic first aid, cleaning them up and making sure that they would get home safely. There remain however occasions where it is impossible to satisfy some people’s needs. For example: one team attended at the request of CCTV a woman who was very drunk. She was accompanied by a number of friends one of whom was the non-drinking driver for the group, so she had the means to be taken home safely. Our attempts to assist her met the same reaction she had made to a police officer. Kicking out at the person trying to help and swearing aggressively and repeatedly and we eventually concluded that the wisest course of action was leaving them to their own devices.
All in all it was a busy night with a degree of aggression in excess of the usual Saturday night, but with many causes for encouragement. It will be interesting to see what it is like in the Late Night Entertainment Area on a Friday night when we provide additional patrols for the Christmas and New Year period commencing the coming Friday.

Sunday, 4 December 2011


VIDA - Salsa Christmas Party
Friday, 9 December 2011 at theCompass, West Bars

Hi everyone! To kick start your Christmas for 2011 come and join the fun and friendly dances with Richard, Talita and the gang!

It’s going to be an occasion to dress to impress so get your festive outfits ready!

For more information see:

Saturday, 3 December 2011


Celebration Evening - 6 December 2011

An evening of worship and word with Walton Youth and guest speaker Roger Wright.

19:00 to 20:30 at Walton Evangelical Church
All are welcome - age 13-20ish!

For more information see:

Friday, 2 December 2011


Derbyshire Times - 2 December 2011

DRINKERS will be urged to ‘gauge their behaviour’ while out celebrating Christmas and New Year.

Derbyshire County Council is working in partnership with Derbyshire police, Crimestoppers and community safety partnerships on the new ‘Gauge your behaviour’ campaign.

It will focus on reducing alcohol-related violent crime, other alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour by encouraging drinkers to consider how their behaviour changes when they drink to excess.

The campaign, funded by the county council and police, will target town centres with a high visibility around licensed premises with messages on bar staff T-shirts, bus adverts, posters and local radio.

Campaign material features a gauge which points from ‘sober’ to ‘tipsy’, ‘violent’ and ‘victim’ and asks the question: “Where will drinking put you?”. It also includes the Crimestoppers number for people to report alcohol-related incidents.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for Public Health Cllr Carol Hart said: “We want everyone to have a great time when they’re out and about in our town centres this Christmas and New Year but excessive drinking by some can spoil it for others.

“This campaign will encourage people to think about their behaviour and be aware of how many drinks are enough for them and by working with the police and other partner organisations we aim to tackle all kinds of alcohol-related crime.”

‘Gauge Your Behaviour’ will run in Chesterfield every Friday and Saturday night through December.

Multi-agency teams will be out talking to people about how to stay safe while having a good night out and encouraging them to report any information about alcohol-related violence to Crimestoppers. This will be supported by police officers, community support officers and specials as well as staff from other partner agencies and Street Pastors. The campaign will also be running in Belper, Buxton, Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Swadlincote.

Police lead for alcohol-related crime Supt Gary Parkin said: “This is a real partnership effort. Licensed premises are key to ensuring the high visibility of this campaign and we’re particularly pleased with the response we’ve got from licensees will play an important part in helping us deliver it.

“The vast majority of licensed premises are well run and responsible and the support from the various PubWatch schemes across the county has been great. They want to work with us to ensure everyone has a safe night out”.

Chair of the Derbyshire Crimestoppers Board Ashok Kalia added: “The main aim of this campaign is to stop alcohol-related violence happening in the first place, but if it does occur we want to make sure that the offenders are brought to justice.

“Crimestoppers offers an anonymous route which anyone not wishing to report information directly to the police can use.”