Former England and Leicester City goalkeeper Peter Shilton is the latest celebrity to back a campaign to stop children becoming victims of grooming.
CEASE – Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation – aims to tackle the sexual exploitation of children by encouraging everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to protect the children in their lives and to ‘spot the signs’ that could indicate a child is in danger.
Offenders of this crime will often target children through social media platforms and online gaming.
Leicestershire schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood was groomed online by Luke Harlow and after exchanging 2643 messages over 13 days she agreed to meet. Two days later the 15-year-old was raped and murdered by Stephen Beadman, Harlow’s next door neighbour.
Football star Shilton pledged his support to try and prevent this tragedy happening again by signing a CEASE hand at last night’s (Thursday 28 July) Heroes of Leicestershire Awards. Guests at the ceremony also made their commitment, bringing the total number of pledges so far to 4560.
As part of the campaign Leicestershire Police has also made a film about aspects of the last two weeks of Kayleigh’s life to warn children about the dangers of speaking to people online that they don’t know.
The trailer of the film is available to watch. From September the full version of the film will be shown to children aged 11 and over in schools across the country.
Have you pledged to do what you can to protect children and to stop another family losing a child in this way? There are many ways to show support, including by texting CEASE to 87007.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News