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A real credit to the town!

9 May 2010 No Comment

“A real credit to the town!”

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…..is the comment Inspector Paul Crick gave at a recent reception held at Sudbury Police Headquarters for the town’s Town Pastor scheme.  The reception was held to say ‘thank you’ to the Town Pastors and to present a cheque for £100 which had been kindly provided via Councillor John Sayers by Suffolk County Council’s Locality budget in recognition of the work undertaken since the launch of Town Pastors last August. Already the police are able to report a drop in crime since the scheme commenced and Inspector Crick explained that late night revellers respond more to the pastors than uniformed police; importantly, the pastors are able to diffuse situations that could escalate into more serious trouble:  “We see the Town Pastors as part of our night time economy team and they play a vital role in helping keep the town safe” commented Inspector Crick.

Also in attendance at the presentation was Sudbury Mayor, Cllr Adrian Osborne, who concurred with the police about the effectiveness of the scheme saying:  “The Town Pastors provide a sense of calm and reassurance to the community and are a real credit to the town. I am absolutely delighted about how well they have done and the support they have given to the police – it has made a great deal of difference to Sudbury, there is definitely a much more friendly atmosphere in the town now.”

As the cheque was handed over to Chairman of the Town Pastors, Pastor Peter Avery from Living Waters Fellowship, Peter responded with thanks to the police for allowing them to undertake the scheme in Sudbury explaining: “the team want to give glory to God and we are thankful we can do this and at the same time serve the wider family of God here in Sudbury”.

It was suggested by the police that the pastors use the money towards anything needed to help them make the work easier – even if it is a year’s supply of chocolate biscuits – because it is a gift to say ‘thank you’ and ‘keep up the good work’!

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