THE mother of a teenage boy who was murdered by an online predator will speak at a conference aimed at raising awareness of child sexual exploitation in Lancashire.
14-year-old Breck Bednar was stabbed to death after travelling from his home in Surrey to Essex to meet up with a fellow computer gamer, 19-year-old Lewis Daynes. Daynes, who was described as computer genius, had groomed Breck through an online gaming community he ran.
Breck’s mother, Lorin LaFave, who now runs a charity and speaks to young people about the risks of online gaming, will address over 200 people at the conference hosted by Lancashire Constabulary this Wednesday 11 November at the Mecure Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Accrington.
Detective Inspector Tony Baxter from Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit said: “I am pleased that Lancashire is once again hosting this successful event as part of our wider awareness week.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Lorin with us on the day to share her own tragic experience about the dangers of internet grooming and online gaming. Her story will certainly have an impact – particularly on the young people attending the youth conference.
“It is proven that a multi-agency approach is vital when tackling CSE and the conference will bring these groups together to share and promote best practice, particularly at a time when there is a vast amount of media, political and public scrutiny of how we seek to protect vulnerable children from these abhorrent crimes.
“We strive for excellence in all areas of policing, and none more so than in our protection of children to keep them safe from being abused and exploited. We are committed to rooting it out and stopping it from happening.”
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