Hampshire joins lost child scheme

Newsquest’s This is Hampshire website is playing a central role in a scheme to trace abducted children.

When notified by police of a “child rescue alert”, a button will flash on all Hampshire’s newspaper sites to indicate that a child has gone missing – they will then carry the child’s details.

The child rescue alert will also interrupt television and radio programmes with newsflashes.

Hampshire police has become the third force in the country to adopt the scheme. Sussex police did so in November 2002, followed by Surrey police in December.

Detective Inspector Alison Scott, leading Hampshire police’s project, said: “The first few hours after a child goes missing are crucial.”

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