Police take 11 children off Pendle streets in late-night crackdown

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A 13-year-old was among 11 children taken to a safe place following a police operation in Pendle last weekend.

Last Friday night, police, council officers, staff from children’s services and Early Break, carried out joint patrols across Pendle as part of Operation Staysafe to identify vulnerable young people out late at night who were at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of crime.

Eleven children, aged 13 to 16, were taken to a designated safe place of safety. Officers spoke to more than 120 children and seized two bottles of cider, half a bottle of vodka and a bottle of Lambrini throughout the operation, which ran between 6 p.m. and midnight.

Sgt Natasha Shaw, who ran the operation, said: “Operation Staysafe is designed to protect children out late at night from becoming involved in or victims of crime.

“It is concerning that we are finding groups of young children on the streets drinking alcohol, particularly when they are lying to their parents about where they are going.

“I urge parents to make sure they are happy their children are being truthful when they say they are staying at a friends’ house.

“Communities should be reassured the police and other agencies are committed to doing everything in their power to keep children safe and we will continue to carry our similar operations over Christmas.”

Coun. David Whipp, Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, which part funds Staysafe, said: “This is an important way to protect our vulnerable children and teenagers. Working with their families we need to do all we can to keep our young people safe.”

Police are urging anyone with information or concerns about underage drinking or anti social behaviour to contact them on 0845 1 25 35 45.