Community resolution for man who assaulted SNO van volunteer
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A 31-year-old man has been given an out of court disposal following an assault on a Safe Night Out (SNO) volunteer.
In the early hours of Sunday, December 19, the 31-year-old was taken to the SNO van in Northampton town centre in an intoxicated state.
The SNO van is a new service that has been launched by the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner - Stephen Mold, in partnership with West Northants Council, the Community Safety Partnership and Northamptonshire Police.
It is deployed on Friday and Saturday nights in Northampton town centre and provides a safe location for anyone who needs warmth, phone charging or first aid.
Once inside the van, the 31-year-old man received a silver warmth blanket and water but quickly became aggressive and disorderly, grabbing one of the SNO van volunteers.
He was swiftly arrested by police officers on suspicion of assault but after accepting responsibility shortly after the incident, and in agreement with the victim of the crime, an out of court disposal was decided upon with the man agreeing to write a letter of apology and donate £40 to the street pastors.
PC Alastair Trasler-Brown of the Northampton Neighbourhood Team, said: “The Safe Night Out van is an incredible initiative to help protect vulnerable people following a night out in Northampton.
“It is staffed by passionate volunteers who give their time up to make sure people in a poor situation have an option to turn to. Assaults on these volunteers is unacceptable and will be responded to robustly by police.”