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PCC denies '10k for flip-flops' claim
THE Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire has hit back at claims his office spent £10,000 on flipflops for drunken revellers in Salisbury city centre.
PCC Angus Macpherson was accused in the Daily Express of giving the money to Salisbury Street Pastors to buy footwear and bottled water to give out to drunken people in the city centre.
But he said the money granted by his office through the Innovation Fund was to aid in extending the successful scheme and to recruit and train 20 new volunteers.
“The money for the water and flip-flops comes from elsewhere,” he said.
The Street Pastors scheme has been running in Salisbury for four years.
It is run by volunteers who go out late at night to help vulnerable people on the city’s streets, and is funded through churches, local councils and sponsorship from businesses in the city.
A police spokesman said: “People may denigrate the flip-flops but they could save someone a trip to A&E and the bottled water could prevent dehydration, which can be dangerous.”
Salisbury Inspector Andy Noble said: “The Street Pastors are one of most motivated and valuable groups of volunteers in the city.
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