Lost children's tent - Darwin Show 2013

01 August 2013
This year, 27 children were reported lost over the three day period of the Royal Darwin Show.
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Police and Northern Territory Emergency Service staff worked together in partnership to locate all reported lost children, much to the relief of many distressed parents.

NTES staff occupied the children with singing, games, balloons and tattoos while waiting for parents to be reunited with their children.

In large crowds such as the show, it is a parent or carers worst nightmare when a child wanders off and disappears.

In one instance, officers were able to coax an excellent description and a current photo of a missing child from one extremely distressed parent, enabling both police officers and NTES volunteers to spring into action and immediately commence searching for the missing child.

In one incident, after what seemed to his mother to be a long time (although was only about 15 minutes), a missing two-year-old was brought into the Tri-Service Display 'Lost Children's Tent' by an unknown person who had located him crying outside the side show alley entrance. The little boy was unhurt and very, very happy to be reunited with his mum, although seemed unaware about all the fuss.

Great work by police and NTES Voulnteers, working in partnership to 'Keep People Safe'.