Police briefs: Teens, parents warned about sextortion

1297516661469_ORIGINALThe Cyber Crime Unit of the Greater Sudbury Police Service has passed on an warning from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection regarding offenders recording teenagers exposing themselves on live streaming videos, then threatening to release the video if money is not paid – a practice known as sextortion, which appears to be becoming more widespread.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection strongly encourages parents to discuss online safety with their teens and most importantly, convince their children to come forward if they or their peers are victims of sextortion.

Teens need to understand that they should never comply with threats, as this only makes the situation worse.

Parents are strongly encouraged to have regular conversations with their teens around online safety.

For more information, visit www.cybertip.ca/youth_internet_safety.

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Greater Sudbury Police Service will assist in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay on Tuesday.

Local torchbearers will begin the relay at the corner of Ethelbert and Elm Streets at approximately 6:15 p.m.

The relay will temporarily close both eastbound lanes on Elm Street, reopening behind the procession as the torchbearers reach Paris Street at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Southbound lanes on Paris Street will temporarily be closed for the relay as the route continues over the Bridge of Nations to the corner of Paris and York Streets, where the Pan Am flame will be carried to the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. Southbound traffic lanes on Paris will reopen behind the torchbearers as the procession moves forward.

The public is encouraged to attend the lighting of the Pan Am Games cauldron at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes to avoid traffic delays eastbound on Elm Street and southbound on Paris Street between 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Wednesday at about 8:35 a.m., the torch will depart Churchill Public School, at 1722 Fielding St. in New Sudbury, and will be carried by runners along Auger Avenue, Gemmell Street and Westmount Avenue, with minimal traffic disruption.

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The Greater Sudbury Police Service advises members of the public who may be attending the GSPS main office this week-end that the main doors to the lobby of the Greater Sudbury Police Service, 190 Brady St. will not be available on Saturday and possibly Sunday due to construction work.

There will be signage indicating alternatives to accessing the building. For that time frame, the entrance will be off of the Tom Davies concourse and Security officers will be on hand to direct anyone that attends for police business.

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The Greater Sudbury Police Service wants to advise the public that on Sunday at 4 a.m., Bell Canada will be performing a routine upgrade to the police service’s telephone lines.

The ability of communications centre personnel to respond to 911 emergency calls for service will not be interrupted, although their ability to answer calls for general information to 705-675-9171 will be limited.

The upgrade to the telephone lines is expected to take about three hours.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service is requesting that members of the public refrain from calling for general information during this time frame. In the event of an emergency, 911 should be called.

Notification will be provided when the upgrade is complete.

Source: The Sudburystar