Council supports ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign

Forest of Dean District Council is helping to promote a campaign that encourages people to ask for help discreetly when they are out on a date and feel unsafe.

The principle is simple - when you are in a bar or club that is signed up to the campaign and don’t feel secure with your date, you can approach a member of staff and they should recognise that you need assistance if you say:  “Is  Angela in?”  This coded message should alert the establishment’s employees that they may need to step in to remove the person from harm, and call a taxi if necessary.  

The initiative - which applies to males and females - stems from a successful campaign that originated in Lincolnshire.  Closer to home, it got off the ground when the Gloucester Licensed Victuallers Association teamed with Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, Gloucestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner to launch a scheme - and the number of bars and clubs taking part is growing continuously. With the Christmas season approaching, FODDC is hoping to assist in spreading the word.

Cllr Paul Hiett, the Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, says,

“We thoroughly endorse this scheme which is a very easy way to provide extra protection for people out on a date.  Normally, going out with someone is a very pleasant experience but that is not always the case. Many people arrange to see each other once they have met online only, and this might lead to problems if they get together in real life and things do not go according to plan.  Even when people are in a more stable relationship, things may take a sudden turn for the worse on an evening out, and one of the parties could suddenly feel insecure.

“Having a coded message request scheme to assist in these and other circumstances provides a very useful safety net when a date does not go as well as anticipated and poses a risk to personal security.”

ENDS

Notes for Editors

For more information about the Ask for Angela' scheme please contact your local police or get in touch with Safer Gloucester Partnership, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ. Telephone: (01452) 396984; Email: cdpartnership@gloucester.gov.uk

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