Child safety in the spotlight

2016-06-14 06:00
Kensington police are serious about child safety in their precinct. On Thursday 2 June their Women Network and Men4Change embarked on a child safety programme at Sunderland Primary. Grade R learners were taught about safety issues with the initiative supported by Safer Schools and the Department of Social Development. There was also some fun for the children with face-painting and they received party packs.

Kensington police are serious about child safety in their precinct. On Thursday 2 June their Women Network and Men4Change embarked on a child safety programme at Sunderland Primary. Grade R learners were taught about safety issues with the initiative supported by Safer Schools and the Department of Social Development. There was also some fun for the children with face-painting and they received party packs.

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Police in Kensington had a busy time over recent weeks with a focus on safety in the area.

They are urgently requesting information in connection with a baby that was found in a dustbin on Saturday 11 June.

Sergeant David Stemmet, Kensington police spokesperson, says officers were called out to a crime scene at about 14:35.

“A security officer working in the area discovered that a new-born baby was dumped in a bin on the corner of 10th Avenue and Voortrekker Road,” he says.

“He immediately alerted us and we have opened a case for concealment of birth. We urgently require any information that can lead to finding the family of the child.

“This can be relayed to Detective Warrant-officer Marlon Oakes on 021594 7033.”

Stemmet also warns businesses in the area to maintain safety practices in the workplace.

“There was a tragic incident on Wednesday 8 June at about 16:00 when a 32-year-old man lost his life at a factory in 7th Avenue.

“He was busy with a private job of cutting a metal drum with a grinder. Unfortunately the sealed drum had laminated glue inside it and the sparks from the grinder ignited the fumes causing an explosion which killed the worker.

“Luckily nobody else was injured in the blast.”

Stemmet also adds that police are always fighting the war against drug abuse and encourages the public to supply information to help arrest perpetrators.

“On Thursday 9 June two officers received information about a delivery of drugs to a dwelling in Wellesley Street, Facreton.

“They responded and in the operation they seized 72 mandrax tablets and a packet of tik. A 42-year-old man was arrested.

“This shows how we value information from the public and I must stress that all information that we receive is treated as strictly confidential.”

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