VOLUNTEERS from a Chichester group working to combat crime have lots to celebrate.
City Angels is not only celebrating its second birthday – but data from Sussex Police shows the team has also helped to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime on the streets of Chichester.
The figures – which include a 58 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour on Friday nights and an 82 per cent drop in assaults with injury on a Saturday night – are based on a comparison between 2011 and 2013.
“City Angels has been an amazing success to date, beyond what we could have ever hoped for as we dreamt up the project,” said Dan Slatter, the pastor of Revelation Church.
“The evidence shows that it continues to have an incredible impact on crime and disorder on our city centre streets. When I was informed of the latest police crime data, my jaw hit the floor. “It’s amazing what a diverse yet normal group of people inspired by their faith can do.”
City Angels is run in association with Sussex Police and Chichester District Council.
Inspector Will Rolls from the Chichester neighbourhood policing team said: “This latest data highlights the excellent impact of the City Angels in Chichester, as part of the ongoing work to make Chichester a safer place to live, work and socialise.”