City Angels will make sure Chichester is a safer place late at night

A GROUP of ‘angels’ will be out and about in Chichester city centre on Friday nights from now on.

They are part of a new project called City Angels, which is being launched tomorrow (Friday, March 16).

Every Friday night a team of eight will be around from 9pm helping people to have a safe night out.

The project, run by Revelation Church, is modelled on other successful national schemes such as Street Angels and Street Pastors.

Lee Nancarrow, from Revelation Church, said: “The City Angels are people who are passionate about Chichester and making our city centre a fun-filled, safe place to be.

“We will be out and about in pairs with our rucksacks loaded with first aid kits, space blankets, flip flops, bottles of water and referral cards from other great organisations in the area.

“We will also have a City Angels van parked at the bottom of South Street from 10pm serving free tea and coffee.

“We will work in close communication with the police and door staff so we can be where help is needed.

“We have more than 50 trained volunteers, with the youngest just 18 years old and the oldest 84.”

The church has been working with police and Chichester District Council on the project.

Cllr Janet Duncton, council cabinet member for housing and planning, who also covers community safety, said: “Projects like this are running successfully up and down the country, reducing incidents of antisocial behaviour and helping to make sure people can enjoy their night out and get home safely.”