Rush of children reported missing on Blackpool and Fylde beaches in two weekends

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Lancashire Police said there will be an operation running in Blackpool this weekend

 

Twenty-five children have been reported missing on the Fylde Coast’s beaches over the last two weekends as police issue a new warning to parents to stay vigilant.

Coastguard volunteers in Blackpool, Lytham and Fleetwood have issued frequent updates on social media since the start of June about call outs to assist police track down youngsters who have become separate from their families.

With this weekend set to be hotter than Portugal and another influx of visitors expected to the Lancashire coast, officers are reminding families of some measures they can take to keep youngsters safe.

These include arranging a meeting point in case anyone gets lost, putting a phone number on a child’s wristband and taking a picture of your child at the start of the day to make it easier for emergency services to find them.

Acting Sgt Tom Sanderson, of Blackpool Police, said: “Fortunately all the children who were reported missing over the last two weekends were reunited with their families.

“With the coastlines expected to be busy again this coming weekend, we want people to enjoy their days out but to remember to look after each other and keep young people close by.

“We don’t want family members to experience the distress of a child going missing – but it’s important to speak to children and have a plan in place in case they do.

“I’d suggest arranging a meeting point with your family in case anyone gets lost.

“Consider writing your phone number down for your child or putting it on a wristband and take a photo of your child at the start of the day – that way, if they do get lost, it can make it easier for emergency services to assist.

“Finally, don’t let your children walk to the sea on their own. It can be much further out than it appears and the tides can change very quickly.”

Lancashire Police said there will be an operation running in Blackpool this weekend.

A staffed mobile police station, where lost children can be taken to, will be located in between South and Central piers.

The police can be contacted on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Tide times can be found online and the free ‘what3words’ app can also be downloaded, which can help emergency services locate and respond to incidents more efficiently.