THE city centre was returning to business as usual over the weekend after disturbances in Nottingham kept people at home during the week.
Volunteers from the Street Pastors scheme said that while Friday night was still quiet, there were a lot more people having an evening out on Saturday.
The volunteers from the Malt Cross, Nottingham Street Pastors and Trent Vineyard Church, have been supporting police officers all week by baking cakes and taking them to Central station. The Police were working really long hours without many breaks and many had annual leave cancelled so we thought we would cheer them up said Jo Cox-Brown Operations Director Malt Cross Trust she had asked the Police how best to support them during this time and they jokingly said cake and prayer so I thought that we would oblige with both!
The volunteers have also run a text prayer service, which started six months ago for police officers working in Nottingham, it normally operates on Friday and Saturday evenings but we extending it to cover all week. Officers can text prayers to a designated number, and the street pastors pray on their behalf. Jo said more police officers than usual have used the service this week. "This week there were lots of officers who didn't know the city because they were from different areas, so one of the prayers they asked that we could pray was that they would be able to find their way round and respond to issues," she said. "We have a team of people who are waiting and will pray for these people or that situation, what ever arises and it's totally confidential. Jo Said "Ordinary churches are closed at that time of day, but God doesn't shut down just because the church is shut down, and for some people it's comforting to know that we are supporting them in this way."