THEY can give on the spot fines for littering and help catch shoplifters – now the street rangers scheme has expanded in Bury St Edmunds. New rangers Jade Newman and Andie Hawes have doubled the size of the team. The move means that there will now be three rangers on duty each day and will each be given their own quarter of the town to get to know and work with the business community.
The purple rangers are funded by businesses paying a levy on their rates to the Bid4Bury organisation.
Its chief executive Mark Cordell said: “Bringing the number of street rangers up to four will make a significant difference to the work they can do around the town, particularly as visitor numbers will increase over the summer.
“The rangers are vital to so many aspects of daily life in Bury. They have powers to give out on the spot find for littering and have helped on security matters such as apprehending shoplifters.
“I’m confident they will make a big difference to improving the environment of the town.”