Police warn shoppers of dangers on internet

DC Lisa Wainwright (right) from the public protection and child sexual exploitation unit, talking to shoppers at ASDA, Fleetwood.
DC Lisa Wainwright (right) from the public protection and child sexual exploitation unit, talking to shoppers at ASDA, Fleetwood.

POLICE officers raising awareness of child sexual exploitation say a roadshow in Fleetwood this week was a huge success.

Officers spent a day outside Asda talking to members of the public about the issue and to try and increase understanding of how young people can be groomed and manipulated into sexual activity and how they can be protected.

Fleetwood Det Sgt Simon Coates said: “It went very well.

“It was mainly about raising awareness of child sexual 
exploitation and how parents can help protect their children.

“People hear about the 
dangers of the internet and social networking sites but they don’t think it will happen to them.

“But it is everywhere.

“When a child is in their room on a computer for four hours, don’t be fooled into thinking they are safe, they can easily become embroiled in a very vulnerable situation.

“Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing on the Internet and put provisions in place to safeguard them.

“Children need to use computers to learn, it is part of everyday life, but it’s a thin line. We had some good feedback from members of the public, they are always very supportive with these kind of issues.

The event was part of a county-wide week-long campaign organised by the officers from Operation Breakthrough which investigates child sexual exploitation crime.