Wakefield Police find boy, 6, home alone in Eastmoor

The Central NPT continue their campaign to reduce the number of burglaries in the city.'PCSO Rhys Dickson and Sgt Mark Beet from the Central NPT with Sam Franklin, aged 14, of Townley Road
The Central NPT continue their campaign to reduce the number of burglaries in the city.'PCSO Rhys Dickson and Sgt Mark Beet from the Central NPT with Sam Franklin, aged 14, of Townley Road
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AN investigation was launched after a six-year-old boy was found home alone.

Police officers found the youngster at an address in Eastmoor.

The discovery was made by Sgt Mark Beet of the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) on Tuesday.

He said: “We had been carrying out some door to door enquiries in the Eastmoor area, when we came across a six-year-old boy that had been left home alone.

“The property was locked but he opened one of the windows and we managed to climb into the house.

“Social Services attended within an hour and the child was passed through the window to them.

“He was a bit shocked and scared to see us, but he seemed happy enough and we put some cartoons on for him.”

Jackie Wilson, service director for Wakefield Council’s safeguarding and family support, said the matter had been fully investigated and proper arrangements were now in place for the child’s safety.

She added: “It is timely to reiterate our advice to parents about the need for young children to be supervised within the home.

“The law does not set a minimum age at which children can be left alone.

“However, it is an offence to leave a child alone when doing so puts him or her at risk. Children under the age of 12 should not be left alone.”