Search

National Ask for Angela campaign backed by Suffolk police

PUBLISHED: 11:38 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:38 07 December 2017

Representatives from Suffolk police, members of the community, door supervisors and club and bar staff at Unit 17 in Ipswich for the launch. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Representatives from Suffolk police, members of the community, door supervisors and club and bar staff at Unit 17 in Ipswich for the launch. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Archant

A national code-word campaign which enables those who feel vulnerable in pubs and clubs to discreetly approach staff and ask for help is being backed by Suffolk Constabulary.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing people on a night out with a discreet phrase they can use to gain assistance should they find themselves in a worrying or intimidating situation.

The campaign, which was originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council last year, has already gained support across the country from a number of police forces and councils.

As part of the initiative, options available to staff include offering to call a taxi in order to get people home safely, trying to contact friends or family, or as a final resort, asking the individual who may be causing distress to leave the venue immediately.

Staff and officers from Suffolk police met with security door staff and bar and club representatives at Unit 17 in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, last week to launch the campaign.

Various representatives from the community joined the launch and training was provided for door supervisors and a presentation on the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative was given.

Officers have also distributed posters advertising the initiative to venues across the county where they will be placed discreetly in toilets of bars and clubs set to take part in the scheme.

Detective superintendent Eamonn Bridger, of Suffolk Constabulary, said: “With Christmas and the party season almost upon us, it seems more important than ever to back this innovative campaign and introduce it in venues in Suffolk.

“This simple, yet effective, initiative allows those who may find themselves in a vulnerable situation with an easy and quick way to gain help.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Anything aimed at keeping people safe has my full support.

“This is a very imaginative campaign and if it helps protect just one vulnerable person over the Christmas period it will be a success in my book.

“As we head towards the party season I would urge everyone to think about their personal safety and the safety of their friends during festive celebrations this year.”

Other popular content

14:04

A disgraced Suffolk teacher who sexually assaulted two teenage girls is facing a jail term when he is sentenced next month.

11:18

A no-deal Brexit could have a devastating impact on one of Suffolk’s most celebrated pizzerias.

Mon, 16:01

A Beccles woman is celebrating after losing 4st and earning the title of the town’s Miss Slinky 2018.

15:51

The partner of a Beccles man, who died from an asbestos-related cancer, has issued an appeal for help in tracking down former workmates.

Most Read

14:04

A disgraced Suffolk teacher who sexually assaulted two teenage girls is facing a jail term when he is sentenced next month.

Read more
David Goodin
11:18

A no-deal Brexit could have a devastating impact on one of Suffolk’s most celebrated pizzerias.

Read more
Mon, 16:01

A Beccles woman is celebrating after losing 4st and earning the title of the town’s Miss Slinky 2018.

Read more
15:51

The partner of a Beccles man, who died from an asbestos-related cancer, has issued an appeal for help in tracking down former workmates.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital
Yesterday, 11:55

A Bungay man has told of his gratitude after his late father’s Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) medal was returned 21 years after being stolen in a burglary.

Read more
Norwich

Winter Wonderland

cover

Click here to view
the Autumn
Supplement

View

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Beccles and Bungay Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy