Police extend ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme across London

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Police have extended a scheme which enables women on a night out in London to use a ‘safe word’ to venue staff if they feel under threat.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ system is aimed at making bars and clubs safer as the capital comes out of lockdown and people once again head out for a night on the town.

It comes in the wake of the disappearance and murder of Sarah Everard who was living in Clapham, south west London. Her death sparked a wave of demonstrations calling for more action to keep women safe.

A memorial to her was set up on Clapham Common which was visited by thousands of people including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Under the scheme run by the Met, the Mayor’s Office and Safer Sounds which represents music venues women can ‘Ask for Angela’ during a night out at which point trained venue staff will assist them and take them to safety.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ system was launched before lockdown but is now being extended to more venues across London with more staff trained to deal with the problem of women being made to feel unsafe on a night out.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors joined Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden and Phillipe Chiarella from Safer Sounds at the Ministry of Sound in Elephant and Castle to highlight the importance of the campaign to representatives of the licensed business sector and to raise awareness among the public.

DAC Connors said: “I am really pleased to see that so many venues are embracing this scheme and I would urge anyone who finds themselves in an uncomfortable situation in a licensed venue to Ask for Angela.

“No one should have to put up with unwanted attention or predatory, sexual or violent behaviour. This scheme makes it easier for anyone feeling unsafe or threatened on a night out to access support quickly and discreetly. This might mean reuniting them with a friend they were out with, contacting family or friends, calling a taxi or, if necessary, involving security staff or police.”

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