‘No significant evidence’ of substance abuse in town

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The leader of a volunteer scheme helping revellers in Daventry on Friday nights has said he has not seen any significant evidence of drug-taking in the town.

Following our article on substance abuse in Daventry last week, we spoke to David Walker – coordinator of the Street Pastor Scheme a– bout his experience helping young people a little worse for wear.

Since its launch four years ago he said his team of four volunteers has become an accepted part of the town’s nightlife, providing revellers with anything from water bottles and thermal blankets up to first aid.

“We make the environment safer at night time and the response is wonderful,” said Mr Walker. “Drug taking does happen but not very often. In certain places you can smell there has been drug taking or tell from litter, but there is not much evidence beyond that. It really isn’t a big problem for us.”

Every Friday night the street pastors work with young people who gather at parks like the Rec before moving on to work with revellers outside bars and clubs in the town centre.

“It is nothing like bigger towns,” he added, “the pastors in Northampton and Rugby think we are having a holiday.”