Tourist guides are patrolling in STAB VESTS in King’s Lynn

Tourist guides are patrolling in STAB VESTS in King’s Lynn


You might think a historic town as charming as King’s Lynn would be an unlikely place for trouble to flare up But such is the state of Wild West Britain that even tourist information officers in the market town, beloved by the Duchess of Cambridge, have been kitted out with stab vests The so-called ‘street rangers’, also patrolling with bodycams and radios, are supposed to provide directions and information to visitors, as well as look out for antisocial behaviour Tourist information officers in the historic town of King’s Lynn have been kitted out with stab vests  The so-called ‘street rangers’, also patrolling with bodycams and radios, are supposed to provide directions and information to visitors Some shoppers in King’s Lynn (pictured) said the gear was a reflection of the ‘lawlessness’ on the streets of Wild West BritainBut residents have complained the military-style gear will put people off visiting the genteel Norfolk town – a regular shopping destination of the duchess as her family home, Anmer Hall, is nearby One critic, Marcus Hopkins, wrote on Facebook: ‘At least hide the vests under other garments, it makes the town look like a no-go zone (which it is not) ’  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Teenager, 19, on a ‘girly weekend with friends’ is among Is Extinction Rebellion protest endangered? Police re-open. Teenage killers who knifed aspiring mechanic, 23, to death Share this article Share Another poked fun at the move by posting an image from the film Hot Fuzz, which shows stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in protective vests against an exploding backdrop However, the body armour has its supporters. Other towns and cities, including Ipswich, Derby and York, provide them for rangers  And some shoppers in King’s Lynn said the gear was a reflection of the ‘lawlessness’ on the streets of Wild West Britain The body armour (pictured) has some supporters. Other towns and cities, including Ipswich, Derby and York, provide them for rangers The two street rangers in King’s Lynn started work in April but only recently began wearing the vests (pictured, one of the street rangers)Musician Gary Smith, 53, said: ‘The town rangers are needed as you rarely see the police and you never see PCSOs any more because Norfolk got rid of them  He added: ‘There are people around who have no qualms about stabbing someone.’The two street rangers in King’s Lynn started work in April but only recently began wearing the vests  They are employed by Discover King’s Lynn, an organisation led by business leaders  Defending the vests, scheme manager Vicky Etheridge said businesses asked officers to wear them ‘because they look more authoritative’ Melanie Ferguson-Allen, of private firm Partnerships for Better Business – which runs similar patrols elsewhere – said the vests were optional for staff, adding: ‘Just because someone wears a stab vest it doesn’t mean it’s a dangerous area ’

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