Street pastors all set to help

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Hemel Hempstead will now be kept safer at the weekends as the long-awaited street pastors scheme goes live this week.

The initiative has also received a cash boost from councillor for Hemel Hempstead South East Jan Maddern, who donated £3,000 from her locality budget.

The street pastors will have their first test patrol on Friday, working with the police around pubs to provide support for revellers.

Councillor Maddern said: “I saw first hand the benefits of this excellent initiative in Watford, and I am very proud to support its implementation here.”

Chairman of the town’s scheme Graham Richardson said: “It costs £300 to train each street pastor and £100 for their uniforms, that is why grants are so important to us.”