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Sandi the Starfish in Hunstanton

Police community support officer, Sally Calaby (Calaby) raises the Sandi Starfish flag on Hunstanton beach front for the first time helped by beach patroller, Kelly Benefer, and flag designer Kate Dunbar (right)

Police community support officer, Sally Calaby (Calaby) raises the Sandi Starfish flag on Hunstanton beach front for the first time helped by beach patroller, Kelly Benefer, and flag designer Kate Dunbar (right)

A new scheme designed to help keep children safe at the seaside has been launched in memory of a former police community support officer.

The Sandi the Starfish initiative was launched in Hunstanton with the raising of a seafront flag bearing the starfish logo as a meeting point for families to be reunited if a child is lost.

Packs containing wristbands, which a parent’s mobile phone number can be written on so they can be contacted in an emergency, and tips for parents will be available from a number of locations around the town, while several shops are also displaying posters to show where is safe for youngsters to go if they do get lost.

The inspiration for the scheme came from Hunstanton-based PCSO Sandi Greenacre, who died in a road collision in March last year.

Inspector Debbie Gunnill said: “She was keen to develop ways to help families reunite and advice for parents on what to do if they lose their little one. We decided that this would be a great way for her legacy to live on.”

PCSO Sally Calaby is pictured above raising the flag with beach patroller, Kelly Benefer, and flag designer Kate Dunbar, right.

 

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