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Separated children spent night at police stations

Beachgoers who lost contact with their children are advised to look for them at various police stations.

FILE: Beachgoers who lost contact with their children are advised to look for them at various police stations. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parents who visited Cape Town beaches and have gone home without their children will find them at various police stations.

Metro police officers had to scramble on Thursday when more than 500 youngsters could not find their parents or guardians.

The city's JP Smith says officers managed to reunite around 400 kids with their families.

Smith says between 70 and 100 children spent the night at police stations.

"Police will have to try to figure out where those parents are. In Strand alone we handed over 35 children to the police. This is a result of parents who are not paying attention to the whereabouts of their children."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Health Department has congratulated mothers in the province who ushered in the New Year by giving birth.

A total of 40 babies were born in the province on New Year's Day.

24 of the infants were born in the Cape metropole.

The provincial Health Department's Leensie Streicher says, "Our first baby boy was born just a minute after 12am at George Hospital, weighing 3.99kg, while a girl was born at 01:00 at the Somerset Hospital."