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Crime 'drop' after pastor patrols in Northampton

Street pastors
The street pastors are volunteers from local churches

The presence of church volunteers on the streets of Northampton has helped to reduce the the number of violent assaults, according to latest figures.

Northamptonshire Police has worked with pastors from local churches since 2008.

In the 12 months to March this year, there were 38 reported incidents compared with 110 the previous year.

Rev Mark Lees, who is behind the scheme, said: "I think it is reassuring for people to see somebody else there that's obviously involved and cares."

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