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On the beat to stop predators in East Lancashire
SCHOOLCHILDREN, taxi drivers and shoppers were among those spoken to as part of a week-long campaign about child grooming.
Police gave out leaflets and advice about child sexual exploitation (CSE) yesterday on day one of the crackdown to deliver the message: ‘The more you know, the more you see’.
In Blackburn, PCs Mark Perry and Joanne Carey spent the morning at the town’s bus station, putting up posters in bus shelters and handing out leaflets.
The officers also spoke to people sitting waiting for buses, and went on to buses to talk to drivers and passengers about the campaign.
Cecilia Ashburner, 70, of Mill Hill, Blackburn said: “I do worry. I’ve got teenage grandchildren and you’re constantly telling them to keep safe.
“This is definitely a good way of educating young people. I’m sure it is because it’s in the town centre where they meet and get off buses and trains.”
Lynn Young, 64, of Witton, Blackburn, said: “It definitely should be a police priority. You think they wouldn’t just wander off with a stranger, but it’s good to get the message across.”
And 17-year-old Georgia Byrne, of Haslingden said: “This is the first I have heard of anything of this nature covered in the media. It’s a good thing that people are making others aware.”
Bus drivers were also receptive to the education drive.
Mohammed Rafik Jogee, 54, of Little Harwood said: “It’s a good idea. We do sometimes see a lot of young people.
“If I saw anything I would tell my duty manager what was happening.”
Fellow bus driver David Hargreaves, 58, of Blackburn, said: “The only thing we can do is report it to our line manager, but I hope this will help the police to listen to us in future.”
Police in Pennine Division, which covers Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, also carried out initiatives.
Officers visited schools, making pupils aware of the signs of sexual exploitation and handed out leaflets and spoke to drivers at taxi ranks in Burnley.
A police spokeswoman said: “It’s all part of the week-long activity to raise awareness about CSE at bus stations, like many other locations such as parks, leisure centres, and bars.
“It’s important bus drivers and taxi drivers in particular are aware of the signs of CSE.”
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