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Security officer locates missing Wellington child, while on patrol in Brackenfell

A missing 8-year-old boy was found in Brackenfell last week, about a month after he was reported missing from his home in Wellington.

“One of our armed response officers was patrolling the Protea Heights suburb of Brackenfell on Thursday night (26 March) when he was stopped by a member of the public who asked for assistance,” explains Verena Hulme, Cape Town North district manager at Fidelity ADT.

“Our officer was told of a young boy that was seen walking from door to door, asking people for help as he didn’t know how to get home. A search of the area quickly led to a discovery of the boy where he was standing on the corner of Sauvignon and Witteboom streets.”

Hulme says the officer asked the boy where his home was, but the child wasn’t sure where he lived or where his parents were. Police was also called to the scene, and they were able to determine that the boy was from Wellington.

“Officers from Wellington SAPS later confirmed that they had a child that had been reported missing about a month ago. The child was taken to Brackenfell SAPS where a social worker took over, to look after the child while the investigation continued.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the member of the public who first stopped our officer and alerted him to the child wandering the street. We need more of this caring and compassionate behaviour, especially under the tough circumstances we face currently.

“Our armed response officers are still on patrol during the lockdown, but if we can combine that with good neighbourliness and a sense of caring for our fellow man, we will make it through this coronavirus pandemic and everything it brings with it,” says Hulme.

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