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Pastors to patrol town's streets

Street pastors
The street pastors are volunteers from local churches

Church volunteers are to take to the streets of Northampton to offer people in the town the chance to talk.

Northamptonshire Police are working with the Ascension Trust and other groups to set up the project.

From Friday, pastors wearing blue jackets will start patrolling the town. The scheme is already used in other towns and cities across the UK.

Sgt Matt Phillips said: "We are hopeful it will reduce the number of alcohol-related offences in the town."

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