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7 and 8: Street Angels and Night Marshals in York Place next to Storm...'EVERYBODY enjoys a night out on the town but it is good to know that there are a dedicated band of volunteers who are there when they are needed. Whether someone has overindulged or has become lost or injured the Street Angels are there to help. Reporter IAN DUNCAN spent time with the Street Angels to find out why they do it?
7 and 8: Street Angels and Night Marshals in York Place next to Storm...'EVERYBODY enjoys a night out on the town but it is good to know that there are a dedicated band of volunteers who are there when they are needed. Whether someone has overindulged or has become lost or injured the Street Angels are there to help. Reporter IAN DUNCAN spent time with the Street Angels to find out why they do it?
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PEOPLE in Scarborough have given their backing to an Evening News call to reclaim town centre streets taken over by aggressive yobs.

PEOPLE in Scarborough have given their backing to an Evening News call to reclaim town centre streets taken over by aggressive yobs.

The call followed yesterday’s front page story where 18-year-old Joshua Scott was sent to a Young Offenders’ Institute for two years and nine months for viciously attacking a couple in their 40s Castle Road.

Concern has been raised about the levels of aggressive behaviour in the town centre with incidents of, drunkenness, shouting, swearing and violence becoming more commonplace.

David Hull, the general manager of the Royal Hotel in St Nicholas Street, said something needed to be done to tackle the situation because it gave the town a bad name.

He added: “It is becoming typical, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, and you start seeing the problems from about 9.30pm.

“We are lucky that the Night Marshals are based with us and they help us out. We have our own doorstaff as well – you wouldn’t have expected to need doorstaff here a few years ago.”

He added that recently a drunk man had barged past doorstaff and damaged iron railings on the stairs when he collided with them. “It just puts people off coming back to Scarborough because they think that is what it is like. I just think more needs to be done to try and alleviate the problem,” he said.

Harry Tufnell, from Esplanade Gardens, supported the call for zero tolerance against yobs who plagued Scarborough. He added: “We need to assert that drunkenness, far from being an excuse for lawlessness, is simply not an acceptable condition for someone in a public place. There are laws against being.”

Syvia Barrs, a 59-year-old administration assistant from Leeds who was working in Scarborough, said violent behaviour had put her off from visiting the area.

She said: “It’s a bit scary really. It gives a bad impression which is a pity because Scarborough is a nice place. When you see that on the streets it puts you off coming here.”

Steve Malton, a 57-year-old retired bank manager from Peasholm Crescent, said said: “When you see people arguing and swearing in the street it’s bound to give a bad impression.

“We see the kids going down our street with their cans of beer. These days no one wants to take responsibility.”

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