Devon and Cornwall police launch missing childrens operation

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

DEVON & Cornwall Constabulary have launched an operation to understand more about missing children and what happens when they go missing.

DEVON & Cornwall Constabulary have launched an operation to understand more about missing children and what happens when they go missing.

Operation Fagin aims to identify individuals who are grooming young people into crime, sexual exploitation and drugs supply and put in place protective measures for the children they target.

With 15 children reported missing every day in Devon and Cornwall, the information gained from this operation is vital to help confront the problem.

The operation will be asking police officers, police staff, external partner agencies and members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity or people who are taking an unhealthy interest in children.

Detective Inspector Ian Fraser-Roe, who is leading Operation Fagin, said: "Criminal and sexual exploitation of children occurs across all parts of Devon and Cornwall, it is not simply refined to inner city or densely populated areas.

"The protection of children is everyone's responsibility and we need to learn more about those who exploit them and bring them to justice.

"This operation aims to target young runaways and those who groom them for sexual exploitation and serious crime.

"We are hoping the internal and external communication we have planned over the forthcoming months will assist us in achieving our aim."

Posters have also been created which are being distributed throughout the region, and the police will be working with the media to highlight the operation and bring on these locations.

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