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Ask for Angela


Ask for Angela

The “Ask for Angela” scheme is an initiative that helps people who feel unsafe on a date get help from bar staff.


Anyone who is on a date or who has met someone at the venue and who feels unsafe can ask staff for help by simply asking to speak to “Angela”.


Staff would then assist the person in leaving the venue discreetly and getting home or to a place of safety. This could mean calling for a taxi and making sure they get in it safely.


The scheme was first launched in Lincolnshire and has been adopted in other parts of the country. It is being piloted in Stevenage but may be rolled out across the county if successful.


Detective Sergeant Alex Tyrrell, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “With the increase in online dating in recent years, more people are meeting up with people who they have only previously known through a profile on a website.


“Maybe the person isn’t who they said they were or it just doesn’t feel safe; this scheme gives people the confidence to ask for help if they need it.


“It also encourages venue staff to think ahead of time about how they would respond in a situation like this, and to look out for people at their venue who might be vulnerable.”


A PDF of the poster can be downloaded here.  


For more information about reporting a sexual offence in Hertfordshire click here.