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Act Now: Millions of parents unaware their children could be groomed online

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Social media is a powerful tool and used in the right way is a power for good. But we must warn you online grooming is happening and sexual predators are targeting your children online.

One too many children has already died this year as a result of being groomed online and every other day we are hearing reports where children have been contacted on popular social media sites arranged to meet someone and gone missing.

We need to be aware of what our teenagers are doing on social media and Police Hour have put together some tips and advice for parents.

1. Have open conversations with your children

Parents should be able to sit down with their children and learn about technology together. Once your child is on social media you need a plan in place to ensure monitoring. Educating them how to behave safely. Make sure you are aware of which mobile applications they have within their phones as these are the apps that online groomers could be targeting, especially those with messaging services built in.

2. Are your children old enough

You may not be aware but social media has an underage limit for registration to social networking sites. Children must be aged 13 on most social media sites this includes Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

With the dangers of online grooming current, we would advise you not to allow any of your children under the age of 13 access to social media.

3. Information is not that easy to remove

Everything published online follows a digital footprint and it will track your youngster’s life. and it will build up that person reputation and could have a massive impact on future jobs. employers do check this information.

And once that information has been put out there it is impossible to remove even if the original post has been deleted the photos and messages can still be visible online.

5. Don’t share phone numbers

Lots of youngsters have their mobile number visible to the public along with addresses and emails. these are prime targets for online groomers looking for sexual activity with your 13 or 14-year-old son or daughter.

Make sure you check your child’s facebook profiles to see exactly what information they have made public.

6. Don’t accept messages or friend requests from predators

Don’t accept message requests or friend requests from people you don’t know it’s very easy for groomers to take your children in and then begin meeting with them in a real place.  Parents should remind their children not to interact inappropriately with people they do not know, and

Parents should be aware of who your children are interacting with online and have a relationship with them that they’d not be ashamed to tell you if someone interacting inappropriately with them online with people they do not know.

More than often the online groomer is also known to the family already or friends network. It is always important if they are arranging to meet with someone they have met online they meet them with an adult.

Online grooming will never happen to my children

Are you sure? we’d highly recommend you take the steps we have advised as you never believe it will happen to your children.

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Trev Sherwood is the founder & blogger at the UK’s Leading Crime & Policing News. Delivering you breaking news, insightful analysis, legislation & positive news!

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The Wesley Nightclub in Hartlepool is ablaze

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An area of Hartlepool town centre has been closed as flames rip through the former Wesley nightclub.

Police and Fire Fighters were quickly on the scene of the blaze at the former Wesley Nightclub and Chruch in Hartlepool.

The Grade II Listed Building has stood empty for a number of years and is a very iconic building within Hartlepool.

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Trevor Sherwood Police Hour editor said “The flames are reaching 20ft in the air and a large number of fire appliances are on the scene loud explosions can be heard from inside the building”

“I arrived on scene just before the first fire appliance  got there, loud bangs could be heard from inside and the fire quickly took hold”

“It was over 30 minutes before Cleveland Fire could get a hose safely on the building as they needed an aerial platform”.

Hugh flames can be seen for several miles as firefighters tackle the blaze. It took Firefighters almost 30 minutes before they were able to get a hose onto the fire which seemed to be mainly on the roof of the building with flames up to 20ft.

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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.

The Wesley Chruch opened n 1872 and became an iconic image within Hartlepool sadly the church closed in 1973 and later reopened as a nightclub in the early 2000s and then later a gym complex.

The business was closed and has been empty for over 10 years left to fall to bits with many people within Hartlepool hoping the building could be brought back to life.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire just after 9pm and with a large number of fire appliances being sent the scene.

Cleveland Police assisted the fire brigade by enforcing a number of road closures on Victoria Road and Raby Road.

We have contacted Cleveland Fire Brigade for comment.

Members of the public are being warned to keep their windows shut as thick smoke is billowing across the centre of Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police have released a statement “Officers have been called to a report of a fire at an empty building known as the Wesley Nightclub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool on Saturday 9th December”

“Police are currently on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.”

“Victoria Road and Wesley Square are currently closed and people are advised to avoid these areas until further notice.”

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened leading up to the fire is requested to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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On-Duty Police Constable James Dixon has sadly died

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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Police Constable James Dixon and a 91-year-old woman following an incident on the A4 in Berkshire.

PC James Dixon died after the police motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch at 13:50 GMT.

The pensioner was a passenger in the car and was killed while the driver was rushed to hospital.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named.

The road will remain closed for the remainder of Tuesday.

PC Dixon was a highly respected police

Officer of Thames Valley Police

A force spokesman said officers remained at the scene of the collision and had advised motorists to avoid the area.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.

“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”

PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading.

Police said the injuries of the driver involved are “not thought to be life threatening”.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named Please Donate now even if it’s just £5. 

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MI5 have prevented nine terror attacks this year

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MI5 have prevented nine terrorist attacks within the United Kingdom in the past year, its boss has told Downing Street officials.

They have also prevented a total of 13 terror attacks within the last four years Andrew Parker head of MI5 has confirmed.

Mr Parker told Theresa May that the defeat of Islamic State in Syria did not mean that the terrorist threat was over.

Mr Parker warned that social media was the new tool being used to incite terror attacks across the world.

Mr Parker has released the figures ahead of the publication of an investigation of the security services and police amid the wave of increased terror attacks within the UK.

The review looks at whether MI5 and counter terror cops could have prevented the five successful terror attacks within the UK.

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