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Street pastors patrol town centre
Perth
The pastors will patrol between 2230 GMT and 0330 GMT
Pastors have taken to the streets of Perth to help out people who may have overdone things on a night out.

The Christian volunteers have begun patrolling the town centre from 2230 GMT to 0330 GMT every Saturday night.

They are offering flip-flops to women who cannot stand in their high heels and giving support to couples who have had disagreements.

The group also pray with those who ask and check bridges for anyone considering jumping in.

We've been learning anger management, we've been learning about psychology, we've been learning about first-aid
Michael Archibald
Perth Street Pastors

Chairman of the Perth Street Pastors, Michael Archibald, said: "We're just going to go alongside the people coming out of the nightclubs and coming out of the pubs and we're just going to make their lives a bit happier and friendlier.

"There are 2,750 people outside the cinema in Perth on a Saturday night - not all at the one time, but over the period between 10 and three o'clock in the morning.

"We've been learning anger management, we've been learning about psychology, we've been learning about first-aid.

"As church people we just want to help them. Some people will want us to pray with them and we'll do that."

A team of 12 pastors will go out initially. When the scheme becomes more established they will work in smaller groups.

The team will be wearing jackets and caps with Street Pastor emblazoned across them.



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