A Facebook campaign is calling for more late night patrols to make sure revellers get home safely in the 17-year-old’s memory.
A campaign has been launched to recruit an army of street angels to keep people safe on nights out in Manchester city centre after the death of Stockport teenager Adam Pickup.
A Facebook page calling for more late night patrols to make sure revellers get home safely in the 17-year-old’s memory has attracted more than 5,000 ‘likes’ within hours of its launch this morning.
Site user Wesley Hall, who set it up, wrote: “If anything good is going to come out of this young man’s family’s tragic loss, I will do it.
“In 2014 we're hoping that nothing similar will happen. And by forming a street angel campaign in Manchester with volunteers that will walk the streets into the early hours of the morning, we hope to help others.”
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The project, Manchester Angels, has been launched as a tribute to the teenager, from Bramhall, although his family are not involved at this stage.
Hundreds of people have already pledged their support - among them, Nick Carr Brown, leader of the city centre’s existing Street Pastors project.
The new group is also seeking help from another Christian organisation, Manchester City Mission, and Greater Manchester Police .
A meeting is to be held in the new year to "get the ball rolling", Wesley wrote.
Adam, a student at Aquinas College, went missing in the early hours of Saturday after a night out with friends at Fab Cafe on Portland Street.
His body was found at 3.30pm yesterday under a railway bridge near Deansgate station.
The cause of his death has yet to be confirmed but police are not treating it as suspicious.