We have been working with the Children s Society to run workshops, for front line security operatives working within the private security industry, to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and abuse. These workshops have been running up and down the country since November 2017. Following the workshops, we have encouraged security operatives to let us know whether the workshops has made a difference and to share good news stories. Axis Security Services Ltd recently shared a good news story from an incident near to Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, in the West Midlands.
Nicola Powell, a security guard, was on patrol near Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, at about 04:30 on 29 November 2017. She came across a young child (aged 10) at a bus stop. Nicola talked to the young girl and found out that she was running away to London and was waiting for the bus. It was a very cold morning, so Nicola invited the young girl to their patrol office. She was able to get the girl s details, contact the local police and the girl s mother who took her home.
The mother later found out that the young girl had befriended someone online who paid for her bus ticket to London. The police are now making enquiries and looking into the incident. The Police provided a statement regarding Nicola s actions:
Child sexual exploitation is a very serious topic. Spotting the signs and reporting appropriately can eliminate risks posed to vulnerable children both physically and psychologically. We all have a part to play in our reporting responsibilities. As front line security officers and security businesses, you all have legal and social responsibilities to keep the public safe.
Further information is available online.
Get more information from the NWG (formerly The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People): https://www.nwgnetwork.org/
Find out more about working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children by visiting the PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) website: http://paceuk.info/
If you are worried about the online behaviour of a child or somebody else visit the Stop it Now website and find out more about their child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline: https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.
At around 8.20am on Friday a security guard was making a cash collection at the Post Office on Lawrence Road when two masked men approached him. The men punched the security guard in the head, knocking him to the floor, before making off with a cash box in a dark-coloured Vauxhall Zafira driven by a third person. The guard was not injured but left very shaken by the incident.
Police are at the Post Office on Lawrence Road in Wavertree after a security guard was attacked by two masked robbers who stole a cash box
Detective Inspector Phil Mahon said: Robberies of security guards are not victimless crimes and it is unacceptable for this guard to be subjected to this ordeal while he was just carrying out his job is unacceptable.
We are carrying out extensive enquiries in the area including the examination of CCTV and forensic examinations.
We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen males with dye on their clothes after the incident, or anyone who is given cash with dye on it following this incident.
We d be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident itself or who saw the offenders acting suspiciously in the Lawrence Road area to get in contact on 0151 777 4065 or 101 quoting incident reference 181 of 12 January . Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 . Any information no matter how small will be treated with the utmost confidence and could assist with our investigation.
A runaway girl slipped through security checks and managed to get on an easyJet flight without a boarding pass, officials have said. The seven-year-old “took advantage of her small size” and pretended to be with adults in Geneva Airport – however, she was spotted by a flight attendant before the plane took off for Corsica. Footage showed she was initially turned away after trying to follow crew members on to an Air France flight, but succeeded on her second attempt after slipping through a gap only large enough for a small child. Air France had notified easyJet about the incident, with the low-cost airline then handing her over to the police. The bizarre incident, which officials admitted could have been much more serious, has prompted an investigation.
Image: Geneva Airport, where the girl snuck through security checks to board a plane
The girl had slipped away from her own parents at a railway station in Geneva before catching a train to the airport. A timeline put together by the airport indicates she passed security at about 1.47pm and boarded the plane at 2.20pm . The airport management found out about her at 2.50pm. Geneva airport spokesman Bernard Stampfli has described the incident as “eminently regrettable” – and said security checks are being enhanced to ensure all children are accompanied by adults. In a statement, easyJet acknowledged that “an unaccompanied child incorrectly boarded flight EZS1305 from Geneva to Ajaccio”, and said an investigation has been launched.
“The crew correctly identified the child should not be on board and immediately reported it to the police,” the statement added.