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Code-word campaign aims to increase safety across the borough

Ask for Angela launch at Slug and Lettuce with local businesses and police
Published: Thursday, 19 December 2019

A campaign aimed at helping people who feel unsafe on dates has launched in Havering pubs, clubs and entertainment venues.

From today, people visiting Havering venues will be encouraged to ‘Ask for Angela’ at the bar if they are feeling unsafe during a date.

The code-word notifies bar staff in a discreet way to situations where people may feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Once alerted, bar staff will then take the person asking for help out of sight of the potential threat and offer to call them a taxi to ensure they can leave unnoticed and safely.

The campaign is being launched by Havering Council, who has partnered with the police and local nightlife venues to keep Havering a safe and fun place to spend time.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme is the brainchild of Lincolnshire County Council and has already proved successful in other regions across the country. Training has now been provided to local police and bar staff in Havering to respond to anyone asking for ‘Angela’.

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said:

"This simple but effective initiative empowers members of the public to seek help safely if they are feeling vulnerable in a pub or club. They can feel safe in the knowledge that staff, security and police are all prepared to act discreetly and effectively in situations where they may otherwise feel trapped.

“I hope that the Ask 4 Angela posters displayed in these venues will give both men and women the confidence to ask for help and support if it is needed.

"We will continue to work closely with the police and local venues to ensure that nightlife in Havering is safe, fun and a positive experience for everyone.”