Police and Scouts in child safety initiative

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HAMPSHIRE Constabulary and Portsmouth’s Scout groups have joined forces to prevent young children being parted from their parents on shopping trips.

The Child Safe programme will see police officers hand out colourful wristbands to children during school breaks at events in Gunwharf Quays this month.

The waterproof wristbands will carry a contact number for the child to carry at all times.

PCSO Lee Wright said: ‘The main reason I introduced Child Safe into the city was to bring reassurance and confidence to parents and guardians while out shopping.

‘For a parent or guardian to contact the police, their child has normally been missing for quite a significant amount of time. and this is a huge drain on police resources.’

Erin Morris, from 1st West Leigh group, said: ‘This is so much fun and even better that we get to help other children at the same time.’

The next Child Safe wristband events will be held at Gunwharf Quays on June 9, 16, and 23 from 10am - 12pm.