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Child safety initiative launched in Lincoln

A new scheme was launched in Lincoln city centre to reunite lost children with their parents.

The Child Safe Zones Programme from Lincoln BIG sets up a low-cost helpline number parents can call to contact a security member.

The security team will then begin a search and contact all other members of security using the city’s radio link.

The scheme was launched at City Square and St Mark’s Square with information for parents, while children were entertained by Ady the Clown on the city’s sandy beach.

Orange smiley posters and stickers will be put around the city containing the 08444 48 42 33 phone number worried parents can call.

Parents can also pick up a free Child Safe wristband, for writing contact details in the event of separation. This makes it easier for the team to contact a parent if a child is found.

Wristbands are available from the Lincoln Central Station, Lincoln Bus Station, St Marks Retail Park and the Waterside Shopping Centre.

A family who were at the launch in City Square were children Faye, Josh and Ella McKenzie with grandad Chris Davies and their uncles, Steve Davies and Anthony Bray,

Steve Davies said: “I think the Child Safe Zones scheme is superb, you have to keep kids safe. It gives you confidence when bringing children into town.”

Claire Wiseman, who was with children Jacob, Aaron, Kayleigh and Ethan said: “It can be a problem keeping track of children when you are in town. Schemes such as this are a good idea.”