Colchester: Former leading politician’s SOS Bus trip

FORMER Home Secretary David Blunkett has paid a visit to Colchester’s SOS Bus, which helps many late-night revellers in need.

The former MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough was finding out more about the SOS Bus, which is operated by Open Road – a charity that provides support for anyone affected by drugs and alcohol. The bus hits the High Street on a Friday and Saturday night to help reduce the negative impact of the night-time economy in Colchester.

Mr Blunkett said: “This project combines the best of voluntary giving and commitment linked to the role of local government and, of course, the sensible preventive work in ensuring safe and secure travel linked to help for vulnerable individuals. It ticks all the boxes of mutual help backed by community help.”

The SOS Bus hit the headlines earlier this year when it was featured in a Channel 4 documentary Party Paramedics which many in Colchester felt did not give a fair representation of the town.

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