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Got, got, need – World Cup sticker swap shop keeps children safe

There was a World Cup sticker-swapping event in Peterlee's Castle Dene Shopping Centre... PCSO Andy Gilhooley is pictured keeping an eye as the sticker swapping gets underway.

There was a World Cup sticker-swapping event in Peterlee's Castle Dene Shopping Centre... PCSO Andy Gilhooley is pictured keeping an eye as the sticker swapping gets underway.

YOUNG football fans got the chance to swap stickers – as police put over a serious message about keeping them safe.

Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team hosted a swap shop at Castle Dene Shopping Centre on Saturday to provide a safe environment for children to exchange cards.

While there have been no reported grooming incidents linked to the craze, which has seen people take to social media to arrange the swaps, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has said it could be used as a means by people with an interest in children or young people to arrange meetings.

The swap shop was organised by Police Community Support Officer Andy Gilhooley, who was a Panini fan as a child and has an album for this World Cup.

 

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