Owen Thompson MP is urging local businesses, schools and individuals in Midlothian to sign up to receive Child Rescue Alerts.

Mr Thompson is urging members of the public to help save the lives of high risk missing children as part of a two-week campaign to support the Child Rescue Alerts system, which is backed by many high profile figures including Bob Geldof and Stephen Fry.

The national system is designed to alert the public as quickly as possible to abduction or other urgent high risk child disappearances.  Alerts are sent directly to individuals by free text message (SMS), email and app notifications and reach many thousands more through broadcast media, digital billboards and social media.

Owen Thompson MP said:

“When a child goes missing and their life is believed to be at immediate risk, every second counts and every pair of eyes helps – your support it vital.

“Statistics show that the initial hours after a child is abducted are crucial and a sighting by a member of the public could make the difference between life and death.

“I’d encourage everyone in Midlothian to sign up to receive Child Rescue Alerts. It’s quick and easy and free and could save a child’s life.

“Schools can help by encouraging parents to sign up and businesses can join major employers such as Royal Mail who have signed up their 124,000 employees to receive the alerts on their hand held devices.”

Child Rescue Alert is run by the charity Missing People in partnership with the National Crime Agency and the education technology company Groupcall.

Sign up free at: www.childrescuealert.org.uk or text HERO and your postcode 85080.