Since May 22nd 2009 until 31st December 2009 we have done 38 nights out on the streets of Ryde, Cowes and Newport. This equates to 970 man/ woman hours . We have had 134 meaningful conversations and been involved in 33 tense or challenging situations. We have given away hundreds of pairs of flip flops and bottles of water. We have got through almost 100 boxes of chocolates, and given out over 100 foil blankets. We have also picked up around 100 glass bottles. Between June 1st and December 31st the number of violent incidents in Ryde, on a Friday night decreased by 43%. Chief Superintendent Dave Thomas says that he regards this reduction in offenses as truly outstanding and would like to thank the team of Street Pastors for their hard work and contribution to these results.
(from the Jan 2010 newsletter)