Wristbands mean safer shopping

SAFE From left, Brandon Ward, four, Cascades centre director Rhoda Joseph, Rachel Lamb, Dylan Ward, two, PCSO Lee Wright, Ellie Lamb, eight, Logan Patilla, one, and Melanie Patilla.     Picture: Allan Hutchings (111368-473)
SAFE From left, Brandon Ward, four, Cascades centre director Rhoda Joseph, Rachel Lamb, Dylan Ward, two, PCSO Lee Wright, Ellie Lamb, eight, Logan Patilla, one, and Melanie Patilla. Picture: Allan Hutchings (111368-473)
From left, Charlotte Tipping from World Vision HQ, organiser of the lunch Sue Tinney, chef Sam Kemp, Alan Mak MP and Amy Johnson from the World Vision Advocacy Team 

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PARENTS will be able to shop with more confidence around Portsmouth thanks to a new scheme.

Dozens of child-safe wristbands were handed out in the Cascades centre over the weekend in a bid to make sure that if a youngster goes missing they will be quickly reunited with their families.

Children simply wear the wristband, which has a parent’s mobile number on it, and then go into one of the shops in the shopping centre or Commercial Road to tell staff if they get lost.

PCSO Lee Wright said: ‘Gunwharf Quays has its own system, but there’s nothing like this scheme anywhere else in Portsmouth.

‘We’ve been getting lots of positive feedback from parents, really enthusiastic. It means they can shop with more confidence and there’s an element of reassurance.

‘If a parent loses their child for two minutes it can feel like an eternity. We hope this can help change that. We’ve not had to test it yet, but all the shops know about it and are on board.’

Anyone interested in a wristband should stop one of the centre’s customer advisors and ask for one.