WINCHESTER Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a new Ranger scheme to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Rangers are security trained and accredited and will patrol the city centre as part of the BID’s commitment to providing a safe environment .

The BID has collaborated with the city council and police and since Thursday November 1, they will be an additional security presence.

They will be recognised by their dark blue uniforms displaying a “Winchester BID Ranger” logo.

They will be part of the radio link scheme which supports the Pubwatch and Shopwatch initiatives.

The BID has welcomed Ryan Tench and Joshuah Kenway to the team.

Jane Bastock, BID business crime reduction manager, said: “We are excited to announce this scheme. The rangers will provide a professional and reassuring presence within the city centre.

“They will be providing frontline customer service, handling situations as they arise and supporting the other frontline emergency services, carrying out daily patrols to help act as a deterrent whilst becoming a welcoming and reassuring sight and presence for the public.

“The Rangers will take a friendly approach to deter antisocial behaviour and disorderly conduct and act as a deterrent against potential crime as well as being a welcoming presence to residents and visitors.”