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Police initiative to help track children in a crowd comes to Chesterfield FC match

Posted on 25th November 2016
Take a picture of your child banners

Families going to watch the football at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium this weekend are being urged to take a photo of their child, and help them to be found more easily should they get lost in the crowd.

Specially designed banners will be on display at the south west corner of the ground during the first half of the Chesterfield FC vs. Bristol Rovers match on Saturday, November 26.

Parents and carers are being encouraged to take a photograph of their youngster in front of these banners so that if they become separated they will have an up-to-date photograph and description which can be shown to police or stewards.

The timing coincides with a campaign Chesterfield FC are running for the match, called ‘Kids for a Quid’, where a junior ticket prices for both home and away fans are being offered at a reduced cost.

Sgt. Nick Booth said: “The initiative has been used successfully at other events across Derbyshire and most recently at the Christmas light switch on, so it made sense to have it on hand at the Proact Stadium during a campaign to encourage young football fans to experience a match.

“Parents can simply take a photo of their child as they enter the ground, and then if their child gets lost in the crowd they can show that image to the police or a steward. It’ll show exactly what they look like and what they are wearing, which is vital in helping to find a youngster quickly.”

The initiative was first launched by Derbyshire Constabulary in July, and has been used at a large number of events across the county since, including other football games, the Chesterfield Christmas Light Switch on, the Matlock Bath Illuminations and numerous summer fates.

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