Police warn parents to watch out for their loved ones during Airbourne

Phil Clements SUS-140819-134525001
Phil Clements SUS-140819-134525001

Soon the skies of Eastbourne will be filled with the sights and sounds of aircraft, the dizzy spectacle of wing-walkers and the ever impressive RAF display team the Red Arrows.

Among all the fun and excitement, Sussex Police and the Eastbourne volunteer police cadets will be working hard to make sure everyone stays safe and any missing and found people, young and old, are reunited with their loved ones.

The lifeguard station on the promenade will be issuing wristbands for children so that emergency contact details can be written on them. The police cadets will also carry a supply while on patrol.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said, “Sussex Police wants everyone to enjoy themselves and not have to worry about losing touch with friends or relatives at the busy event, which attracts up to 400,000 visitors each year.

“It’s good advice to have a pre-arranged meeting point in case you get separated. Although we get reports of missing children, most people we reunite are adults who don’t have contact numbers for others in their party and don’t know where to meet should they get separated.

“If you are coming as a family and have children with you, please ensure they carry an emergency number with them so that you can be contacted if they become lost.

“If they are stranded, encourage them to ask for help from a police officer, police cadet or Eastbourne Borough Council marshal.” Sergeant Fiona Munro, from the Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, added, “Last year we reunited nearly 30 missing children and adults during the event.

“Most children reported missing are usually reunited within the first 10 minutes, but it can be upsetting for all concerned. Often, a child will stop to look at a toy or display unnoticed by their parents.

“We advise parents to return to the spot where they first missed their children, as that’s where they’ll usually be found.”

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