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Street Pastors take to streets to cut East End crime

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:52 05 October 2010

A SCHEME to cut street crime using Street Pastors takes to the streets of Tower Hamlets this month. The church-led community project has already seen success in other parts of London with Street Pastors claiming it has helped cut crime in Lewisham by 30

A SCHEME to cut street crime using Street Pastors takes to the streets of Tower Hamlets this month.

The church-led community project has already seen success in other parts of London with Street Pastors claiming it has helped cut crime in Lewisham by 30 per cent in the first 13 weeks.

The first 12 Street Pastors in Tower Hamlets started training in March and will be working with the council and the police to try to make a difference.

The Reverend Georgina Stride said: "What I find very attractive about this project is that it is firstly, drawing together the Christian community from different denominations, and secondly, it is releasing ordinary men and women from our churches into the streets to serve our community; this is at the heart of the Gospel".

Further information is available from www.streetpastors.org.uk

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