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'At risk' children taken to safety in operation

Twelve children deemed to be 'vulnerable or at risk of harm' were taken to safety as part of a night-time operation in Hyndburn.

Twelve children deemed to be 'vulnerable or at risk of harm' were taken to safety as part of a night-time operation in Hyndburn.

Police joined forces with trading standards, the Family intervention project, HARV domestic abuse service and Early Break for the borough-wide operation on Friday, October 26 aimed at keeping youngsters out of harm's way.

Ten children were taken to a place of safety including a 16-year-old boy found with drugs paraphernalia including a cannabis grinder and bong.

A group of 14 and 15-year-old's were also found in Memorial Park with a large amount vodka and bottles of beer.

More than 20 litres of alcohol were seized including beer, cider and spirits.

The action came as part of the CANsafe scheme - a joint initiative involving agencies working together to address the negative impact underage drinking and anti social behaviour can have on communities.

It comes after a similar operation in July which found 198 young people out on the streets of Hyndburn in a single night.

Special Sergeant Charlotte Alldritt, from the anti social behaviour response team, said: "Young people can be vulnerable due to many different circumstances and we are concerned that as a result they may be putting themselves at risk.

"This project is aimed at identifying these young people at an early stage so we can make sure they get home safely and ensure that they and their families receive additional support where it is needed."

Anyone with information or concerns about anti social behaviour in their community can contact police on 101.

 

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