Police officers came to the rescue of a child who was left by his parents on the side of the highway with no idea of his whereabouts. The 17-year-old was left at the side of the M11 motorway at night and forced to call the police for help.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was unfamiliar with Cambridgeshire and had no connections to the area. Despite this, his parents left him and left him alone.
He was forced to walk a mile alone, in the darkest stretch of highway, until he managed to reach the SOS emergency phone. Officers from Cambridgeshire Police managed to help the boy and he is now in temporary police protection.
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The force’s Child Abuse Investigation and Protection Unit (CAISU) is now investigating the incident. She works to find a place for the boy to live and be happiest.
A force spokesperson said: “Thanks to officers from our Child Abuse Investigation and Protection Unit (CAISU), he has been temporarily placed in police protection and is in a safer environment while investigations continue where he will now be much happier. Lots of work from the team CAISU is inherently sensitive and difficult to share, but examples like this highlight the work that goes on behind the scenes and help highlight our commitment to protecting children – a strength of priority.”
Police are asking anyone with concerns about the safety of children to contact them as soon as possible. All reports can be submitted confidentially and anonymously.
For more information and advice about child protection, including how to report concerns, visit the force’s dedicated webpage.
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