Missed the last train? We'll keep you safe

Place of safety – street pastors’ leader Del Thomas at Southend Central station, where the last train leaves at 11.14pm

Place of safety – street pastors’ leader Del Thomas at Southend Central station, where the last train leaves at 11.14pm

First published in News

LATE-NIGHT revellers in Southend will soon be offered a safe place to go if they miss the last train home.

Southend Street Pastors, a church-based group which offers help and support to clubbers who wind up the worse for wear after a night out, has announced moves to offer a “safe space” in the town centre from September.

It won’t have beds, but will offer seating and shelter until the first trains start running in the morning.

The last c2c train leaves Southend Central station at 11.14pm and while Greater Anglia’s last service pulls out of Southend Victoria at 11pm, so the service will be offered to anyone who misses their train home, not just clubbers.

Del Thomas, who leads the street pastor team, said: “Plenty of people get caught out by the fact the last train is so early.

“I would say we come across a family or someone else like that at least once a fortnight. They tend not to have been drinking, but they then become vulnerable.

“They may have had a really good time until then, and we don’t want it ruined by them missing the train.

“We want people to come to Southend and think they will be cared for.

“The police and council agree there really is a need for this. It means crime will fall and the economy will not suffer.”

Mr Thomas came up with the idea after he came across three teenagers, one them pregnant, who were facing a night on the street after missing their train to Tilbury. He described the encounter as “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.

The location of the “safe space” has yet to be announced, but it will be in a town centre building, and only available to people referred there by a street pastor or someone manning the town centre SOS bus.

The venture has only been made possible because the street pastors have now recruited a dozen extra trained volunteers.

The extra pastors will also mean the group will now extend its patrols to take in Friday nights as well as Saturdays.

Southend Council’s Community Safety Partnership, has welcomed the news as it says it will help its bid to retain the town’s Purple Flag status as a safe place to have a night out.

Between January and May this year, the street pastors reckon they have prevented 21 fights, calmed down five domestic disputes and helped five depressed and suicidal people.

They have also given out about 100 hot drinks and 50 hot meals to rough-sleepers.

Mr Thomas said: “Southend Street Pastors is really capturing peoples’ imaginations.

“They really want to help their town in this way. Another six have said they want training, too.

“For me it’s great, because it enables us to do so much more.

“Nationally, when street pastors go out, the average crime rate falls by about 50 per cent.

“Crime will fall here, too. We deal with low-level antisocial behaviour and stop it happening because, unlike the police, we can spend an hour with someone, whereas the police have to go on to the next situation.”

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11:04am Mon 30 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

to be fair, that 'safe place' is probably alot safer than the last train out.....
to be fair, that 'safe place' is probably alot safer than the last train out..... pembury53
  • Score: 24

12:05pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Rio25 says...

Great idea many people will be grateful for it
Great idea many people will be grateful for it Rio25
  • Score: 26

2:17pm Mon 30 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

Brilliant! Such a good idea! glad to see this happening :)
Brilliant! Such a good idea! glad to see this happening :) SLord90
  • Score: 32

2:23pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Touch79 says...

Slightly off-topic but the last train out is way too early.

You couldn't do a gig at say Cliffs or Chinnerys and expect to get a train back without missing the end of the set.

Last train should be no earlier than midnight.
Slightly off-topic but the last train out is way too early. You couldn't do a gig at say Cliffs or Chinnerys and expect to get a train back without missing the end of the set. Last train should be no earlier than midnight. Touch79
  • Score: 39

2:58pm Mon 30 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

Touch79 wrote:
Slightly off-topic but the last train out is way too early. You couldn't do a gig at say Cliffs or Chinnerys and expect to get a train back without missing the end of the set. Last train should be no earlier than midnight.
be careful what you wish for..... the lack of late trains london bound, deters no end of riff raff from making a night of it...... there's enough grief as it is, without a load of p****d up east enders looking to kick off, before jumping aboard that late train home
[quote][p][bold]Touch79[/bold] wrote: Slightly off-topic but the last train out is way too early. You couldn't do a gig at say Cliffs or Chinnerys and expect to get a train back without missing the end of the set. Last train should be no earlier than midnight.[/p][/quote]be careful what you wish for..... the lack of late trains london bound, deters no end of riff raff from making a night of it...... there's enough grief as it is, without a load of p****d up east enders looking to kick off, before jumping aboard that late train home pembury53
  • Score: 10

3:58pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Nebs says...

I thought thats what hotels and taxis were for.
I thought thats what hotels and taxis were for. Nebs
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Jaimundo says...

Trains should be run later of course and I'm sure the train company makes enough money to increase security measures if there is a concern over drunken behaviour. We may find people take the chance to take a little more time and therefore not feel they have to shove drinks down their necks, as was the case with the relaxation of licensing hours which have made our town centres a lot safer.
Trains should be run later of course and I'm sure the train company makes enough money to increase security measures if there is a concern over drunken behaviour. We may find people take the chance to take a little more time and therefore not feel they have to shove drinks down their necks, as was the case with the relaxation of licensing hours which have made our town centres a lot safer. Jaimundo
  • Score: 3

5:01pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Sensible Man says...

Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!!

And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬
Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!! And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬ Sensible Man
  • Score: 37

5:10pm Mon 30 Jun 14

The King of Southend says...

I would take these street pastors a lot more seriously if they wore superhero costumes whilst they were out keeping the streets clean. The bloke in the picture is dressed like he works in a carpet shop or discount tile superstore.
I would take these street pastors a lot more seriously if they wore superhero costumes whilst they were out keeping the streets clean. The bloke in the picture is dressed like he works in a carpet shop or discount tile superstore. The King of Southend
  • Score: -12

5:41pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Maddogg says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!!

And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬
Calm down statto.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!! And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬[/p][/quote]Calm down statto. Maddogg
  • Score: 9

5:55pm Mon 30 Jun 14

scrounger‎ says...

Trains used to run all night but nobody wanted to pay their fare and most wanted to fight and cause damage.
Trains used to run all night but nobody wanted to pay their fare and most wanted to fight and cause damage. scrounger‎
  • Score: 6

8:21pm Mon 30 Jun 14

John Right says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!!

And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬
You senseless contribution is awesome
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!! And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬[/p][/quote]You senseless contribution is awesome John Right
  • Score: 5

8:23pm Mon 30 Jun 14

John Right says...

Went out, got Pi55ed missed the last train, TOUGH
Went out, got Pi55ed missed the last train, TOUGH John Right
  • Score: -2

8:55pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BMNO6 says...

Slightly off topic but something needs to be done about late trains to London. The time the last plane scheduled lands at the airport the passengers have 10 mins to get the last train (no chance on a Sunday lands after the trains gone) or be fleeced by the contracted airport "taxi's" to the tune of £30 a head to Liverpool street x 7 = £210 now that's something the Stobart group should be looking into, total rip off ! no late trains and the airport (Stobart) sells it's station being less than 100 yds from the airport doors ! But there are no trains to London. PS call a local firm I did, me the wife and 2 children home to Wickford £25 ! don't pay there rip off fares.
Slightly off topic but something needs to be done about late trains to London. The time the last plane scheduled lands at the airport the passengers have 10 mins to get the last train (no chance on a Sunday lands after the trains gone) or be fleeced by the contracted airport "taxi's" to the tune of £30 a head to Liverpool street x 7 = £210 now that's something the Stobart group should be looking into, total rip off ! no late trains and the airport (Stobart) sells it's station being less than 100 yds from the airport doors ! But there are no trains to London. PS call a local firm I did, me the wife and 2 children home to Wickford £25 ! don't pay there rip off fares. BMNO6
  • Score: 6

9:48pm Mon 30 Jun 14

_Lotus_ says...

Southend Mandem - Fuuck da fedz wrote:
trainz should be running all night on da weekend. im not saying it should be an everyday ting, but on weekends when da bois and girlz go out on da town, how do you expect man to get back to their endz?
You could always apply to be a train driver and do the shifts I guess.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Mandem - Fuuck da fedz[/bold] wrote: trainz should be running all night on da weekend. im not saying it should be an everyday ting, but on weekends when da bois and girlz go out on da town, how do you expect man to get back to their endz?[/p][/quote]You could always apply to be a train driver and do the shifts I guess. _Lotus_
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

heartbeat says...

BMNO6 wrote:
Slightly off topic but something needs to be done about late trains to London. The time the last plane scheduled lands at the airport the passengers have 10 mins to get the last train (no chance on a Sunday lands after the trains gone) or be fleeced by the contracted airport "taxi's" to the tune of £30 a head to Liverpool street x 7 = £210 now that's something the Stobart group should be looking into, total rip off ! no late trains and the airport (Stobart) sells it's station being less than 100 yds from the airport doors ! But there are no trains to London. PS call a local firm I did, me the wife and 2 children home to Wickford £25 ! don't pay there rip off fares.
I don't know why Easyjet don't run their Easybus service or whatever it's called from Southend Airport. There's obviously a need with it for the late night flights and the diabolical train service to London. Luton and Stansted both have coaches through the night to central London at prices starting at about £4 a head if booked in advance. What about Southend?????
[quote][p][bold]BMNO6[/bold] wrote: Slightly off topic but something needs to be done about late trains to London. The time the last plane scheduled lands at the airport the passengers have 10 mins to get the last train (no chance on a Sunday lands after the trains gone) or be fleeced by the contracted airport "taxi's" to the tune of £30 a head to Liverpool street x 7 = £210 now that's something the Stobart group should be looking into, total rip off ! no late trains and the airport (Stobart) sells it's station being less than 100 yds from the airport doors ! But there are no trains to London. PS call a local firm I did, me the wife and 2 children home to Wickford £25 ! don't pay there rip off fares.[/p][/quote]I don't know why Easyjet don't run their Easybus service or whatever it's called from Southend Airport. There's obviously a need with it for the late night flights and the diabolical train service to London. Luton and Stansted both have coaches through the night to central London at prices starting at about £4 a head if booked in advance. What about Southend????? heartbeat
  • Score: 7

2:26pm Wed 2 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

heartbeat wrote:
BMNO6 wrote: Slightly off topic but something needs to be done about late trains to London. The time the last plane scheduled lands at the airport the passengers have 10 mins to get the last train (no chance on a Sunday lands after the trains gone) or be fleeced by the contracted airport "taxi's" to the tune of £30 a head to Liverpool street x 7 = £210 now that's something the Stobart group should be looking into, total rip off ! no late trains and the airport (Stobart) sells it's station being less than 100 yds from the airport doors ! But there are no trains to London. PS call a local firm I did, me the wife and 2 children home to Wickford £25 ! don't pay there rip off fares.
I don't know why Easyjet don't run their Easybus service or whatever it's called from Southend Airport. There's obviously a need with it for the late night flights and the diabolical train service to London. Luton and Stansted both have coaches through the night to central London at prices starting at about £4 a head if booked in advance. What about Southend?????
NO to london service from southend airport.....londoner
s can use luton or stanstead, better than clogging up our roads and airport check in......
[quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BMNO6[/bold] wrote: Slightly off topic but something needs to be done about late trains to London. The time the last plane scheduled lands at the airport the passengers have 10 mins to get the last train (no chance on a Sunday lands after the trains gone) or be fleeced by the contracted airport "taxi's" to the tune of £30 a head to Liverpool street x 7 = £210 now that's something the Stobart group should be looking into, total rip off ! no late trains and the airport (Stobart) sells it's station being less than 100 yds from the airport doors ! But there are no trains to London. PS call a local firm I did, me the wife and 2 children home to Wickford £25 ! don't pay there rip off fares.[/p][/quote]I don't know why Easyjet don't run their Easybus service or whatever it's called from Southend Airport. There's obviously a need with it for the late night flights and the diabolical train service to London. Luton and Stansted both have coaches through the night to central London at prices starting at about £4 a head if booked in advance. What about Southend?????[/p][/quote]NO to london service from southend airport.....londoner s can use luton or stanstead, better than clogging up our roads and airport check in...... pembury53
  • Score: -1

10:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

maddriver says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!!

And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬
Not too keen then? You need help if a train service upsets you that much!
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Certainly Abellio Greater Anglia is a totally USELESS USELESS USELESS company. Their stupid pathetic service from Southend to Liverpool Street ends at 2300hrs - what sort of filthy useless service is that?? USELESS!!!! In the days of British Rail in the 1970s there was a service from Southend Vic to Liv St at 2335, 0217 and 0410 seven days a week And services back from Liv St at 0122, 0323 and 0420 7 days a week. And what do the useless Greater Anglia - and their useless disgusting government franchise awarders do? Absolutely nothing!!!!! Useless crap filth!! And I speak as someone on the right of the political spectrum!!! Get rid of these disgusting companies and re-nationalise the railways. Greater Anglia are USELESS!!! Look at their useless Sunday schedule - USELESS FILTH!!!!¬[/p][/quote]Not too keen then? You need help if a train service upsets you that much! maddriver
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Wed 2 Jul 14

maddriver says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
Southend Mandem - Fuuck da fedz wrote:
trainz should be running all night on da weekend. im not saying it should be an everyday ting, but on weekends when da bois and girlz go out on da town, how do you expect man to get back to their endz?
You could always apply to be a train driver and do the shifts I guess.
Judging by the standard of the post, it's doubtful if he/she would have the intelligence needed to drive a train.
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Mandem - Fuuck da fedz[/bold] wrote: trainz should be running all night on da weekend. im not saying it should be an everyday ting, but on weekends when da bois and girlz go out on da town, how do you expect man to get back to their endz?[/p][/quote]You could always apply to be a train driver and do the shifts I guess.[/p][/quote]Judging by the standard of the post, it's doubtful if he/she would have the intelligence needed to drive a train. maddriver
  • Score: 1

1:09am Thu 3 Jul 14

Ross Kemp says...

What a fantastic idea, it is good to see that there are still people out there who will freely help their local community. Good luck to them!
What a fantastic idea, it is good to see that there are still people out there who will freely help their local community. Good luck to them! Ross Kemp
  • Score: 1

8:35am Thu 3 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

We'll done lads a very good idea and needed in the current situation.

However surely the real problem is not being solved.

11pm and 11-14 pm. Is rather a pathetic time to run a train service to a major seaside town within easy reach of London, that has millions of residents who often come to the seaside.

12pm from Shoeburyness in summer is perhaps a better idea, after all this is 2014 not 1814.
We'll done lads a very good idea and needed in the current situation. However surely the real problem is not being solved. 11pm and 11-14 pm. Is rather a pathetic time to run a train service to a major seaside town within easy reach of London, that has millions of residents who often come to the seaside. 12pm from Shoeburyness in summer is perhaps a better idea, after all this is 2014 not 1814. alarminstaller
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Poverty29 says...

It is daft to run a train service london bound and stop it so early, specially on a fri and sat.
Street Pastors are a fantastic idea as longs as they have back up from the local police, meaning if a situation kicks off that is a danger to them they have police on hand, not like the public who have to wait until something terrible has happened or its too late
It is daft to run a train service london bound and stop it so early, specially on a fri and sat. Street Pastors are a fantastic idea as longs as they have back up from the local police, meaning if a situation kicks off that is a danger to them they have police on hand, not like the public who have to wait until something terrible has happened or its too late Poverty29
  • Score: 0

3:51pm Sat 5 Jul 14

sinister footwear says...

alarminstaller wrote:
We'll done lads a very good idea and needed in the current situation.

However surely the real problem is not being solved.

11pm and 11-14 pm. Is rather a pathetic time to run a train service to a major seaside town within easy reach of London, that has millions of residents who often come to the seaside.

12pm from Shoeburyness in summer is perhaps a better idea, after all this is 2014 not 1814.
'11pm and 11-14 pm. Is rather a pathetic time to run a train service to a major seaside town within easy reach of London'

They do this to avoid paying their staff a higher rate after midnight.
[quote][p][bold]alarminstaller[/bold] wrote: We'll done lads a very good idea and needed in the current situation. However surely the real problem is not being solved. 11pm and 11-14 pm. Is rather a pathetic time to run a train service to a major seaside town within easy reach of London, that has millions of residents who often come to the seaside. 12pm from Shoeburyness in summer is perhaps a better idea, after all this is 2014 not 1814.[/p][/quote]'11pm and 11-14 pm. Is rather a pathetic time to run a train service to a major seaside town within easy reach of London' They do this to avoid paying their staff a higher rate after midnight. sinister footwear
  • Score: 0

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