Street Angels cut patrols because less people going out in Halifax on Friday nights

Street Angels
Street Angels

THE Street Angels are cutting down their patrols in Halifax because of a massive drop in the number of people going out.

The volunteers, who offer help to keep revellers safe, say they will be stopping their Friday nights presence because there is hardly anyone on the streets.

Paul Blakey, who founded the scheme which has now spread across the country, said the recession is probably to blame.

“Fridays have just got quieter and quieter,” he said. “It’s happened over the last 12 months.

“I’m guessing he pubs and clubs are struggling.

“People still seem to be eating out and the restaurants seem to be thriving but they’re not the ones who usually need our help.”

On a Saturday, he said there can be between 6,000 and 7,000 in Halifax town centre.

Even with snow falling, he said last Saturday was busy.

But last Friday, the teams only saw between 20 and 30 people out.

The teams plan to review the situation at Easter, when the weather improves.

Mr Blakey said if they are no longer doing Friday nights, it will mean they will be able to patrol on Thursday nights during the university and school holidays when students usually go out.

The Street Angels were started in Halifax in 2005 and has since blossomed to a staggering 70 across the whole of Britain.

There are now Street Angels from Scotland to Cornwall, and the Halifax group have had interest from as far away as Brazil, Australia and even Africa.

Mr Blakey was awarded an MBE for service to community safety because his work starting the project.

The Street Angels are based at the Fairtrade Cafe at Crossley Street.