Scouts help in drive to keep Hampshire children safe

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SCOUTS have teamed up with the police in a bid to keep children safe around the city.

As part of Hampshire Constabulary’s Child Safe programme, kids have been given colourful wristbands which help reunite lost children with their parents.

Now Portsmouth Scouts have volunteered to take to the streets and help the police dish out the bands to children.

And they will even get a Scout badge to recognise their work.

During school breaks, the young Scouts will be found around the city centre, Palmerston Road shopping precinct and at Gunwharf Quays.

They will join up with police officers to hand out more wristbands.

The free wristbands carry a contact number to help reunite lost children with adults. Scout Leader Kerry Woodward, from the 62nd Portsmouth Scouts group, said: ‘It’s great that we’ve been given an opportunity to work with the police.’