Visitors to Southend seafront are welcome to use the wristband system

PARENTS visiting Southend seafront this weekend are urged to use the bracelet system which helps reunite lost children with their families.

The system, run by Southend BID, sees contact details written on wristbands that children can wear.

Essex Police are urging visitors to use the system after dealing with nine missing children on the seafront last Saturday.

Wristbands are available at the pier reception and foreshore office.

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Carole Mulroney, Councilor responsible for Environment, Culture and Tourism, said: “This is a parent’s worst nightmare; that split second when you turn around and realize your little one is gone.

Lost or missing children are always a priority for our Community Safety Team, which helps police with any searches, but bracelets are another way for parents to reassure themselves as we head into the final holiday weekend. of 2022, that they are doing everything they can to take care of their child in case the worst happens.

Insp Paul Hogben, of Essex Police, added: ‘We understand parents can’t have eyes in the back of their heads so we encourage all parents of young children to get a bracelet for lost children, so that if a child wanders off, they can be reunited easily and safely.
“As always, our officers will work with our partners to ensure everyone can make the most of what Southend has to offer.”