Local MP Maria Miller welcomes Police and Crime Commissioner’s funding for Basingstoke groups

Following the announcement by the Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane of his latest round of grants to projects and services which support victims and seek to prevent offending, local MP Maria Miller has welcomed funding for two Basingstoke services.

The Basingstoke Street Pastors have been awarded a grant of £5,000. The Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol the town centre from 10pm to 4am every Friday and Saturday night to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets

“Basingstoke Detached” has been awarded a grant of £18,000. This project works with young people in Basingstoke to reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour and raise awareness of its impact on others. It is able to respond to hot spots of anti-social behaviour identified by the police and offers a range of activities aimed at diverting young people from further offending.

Maria said: “I very much welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner’s decision to fund these two vital services which provide a lifeline for the people they work with, and help to support the work of frontline police officers on the ground.”