The 14-year-olds had been asked for the images of themselves in exchange for a gaming code. However, the potential abuse of the boys, who cannot be identified, was spotted by teachers taking part in course set up to prevent grooming. The course was run by the charity SAFE which was created to prevent grooming, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
The announcement comes after years of cuts and reduced budgets which saw the loss of 800 officers and more than 400 other staff at Lancashire Police since 2008. The new officers will replace staff who have either retired or are due to retire over the next 12 months. Recruits “who have had life experience” are specifically being sought. Desired skills include languages and the ability to solve problems. And the force wants to attract people with technology skills and some from “caring backgrounds”.
A Blackpool bus firm has been ordered to cease operations after a tribunal ruled its owner had harassed a government inspector. Catch 22 Bus Ltd, which stepped in to run services axed by cash-strapped Lancashire Council, will have its operating licence revoked on February 18. And boss Philip Higgs is disqualifed for a year from holding or obtaining a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence. The ban was due to take effect at the beginning of this year.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".