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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Staysafe operation running in west Cumbria until New Year

A crackdown on underage drinking and antisocial behaviour is running in west Cumbria until New Year's Day.

Sgt Richard Farnworth photo
Sgt Richard Farnworth

During Operation Staysafe, children considered to be vulnerable will be taken by police to a place of safety and their parents asked to attend.

They include youngsters found with drink, those who are too young to be out late at night and youths causing a nuisance.

Trained staff will be at the places of safety, usually children's centres or Inspira offices.

It is hoped the initiative, which also involves other agencies, will educate children and their parents about the dangers they face.

Police say they will carry out the operation at times and places where they know youngsters can place themselves at risk. Various undisclosed locations have been identified.

Sergeant Richard Farnworth said: “The aim is to protect children from harm by identifying children who are out on the streets at night, who are at risk of harm and making them and their parents aware of the dangers they are putting themselves in.

“We want to reassure the local community that tackling any antisocial behaviour is a priority and this is one way we can help educate children before any such behaviour occurs and prevent them from becoming at risk of harm."

The police last used this approach on September 27 in Whitehaven, Workington and Cockermouth, when four young people were found with alcohol.


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