Seven newly-commissioned street pastors for the streets of Rugby

This brings the total number of street pastors in the town up to 45

From left to right, the newly-commissioned Street Pastors are: Leonardo Santiago, George Thurkettle, Alina Augustyniak , Ciprian-Beniamin Pop, Cristina Bardon Soriano, Jane Clarke and Peter Banks.

Seven new street pastors are ready to start their patrols on Rugby s streets in time for the re-opening of pubs and clubs.

The seven latest recruits to the group were commissioned by Pastor Jonathan Skelton at a Rugby Elim Church event on Sunday, May 23.

The newly-trained street pastors will now be able to join their respective teams to patrol Rugby's town centre once a month, on either a Friday or Saturday night, from 10.00pm – 4.00am.

This brings the total number of volunteer Street Pastors to 45, patrolling in teams of four or five.

Dawn Thurkettle – Rugby Street Pastors coordinator said: "I am thankful for the positive relationship the churches have across Rugby working together to serve our community.

"The new street pastors have shown such commitment, grace and patience as we navigated the Covid restrictions to complete the necessary training modules so that they are safe and effective on the street. Welcome to the team."