LEWISHAM Council spent £1,174.70 texting parents during last month's riots, asking if they knew where their children were.

The 21,660 texts were revealed by cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Helen Klier at a meeting on September 22 following a question by Councillor Duwayne Brooks.

She told him: "We asked that parents check they were satisfied they knew the whereabouts of their children at that turbulent time."

Cllr Klier said the texts also informed people of the Summer's Alive programme of activities for youngsters during the school holidays.

The message said: "Do you know where your children are? Keep them safe with Lewisham's positive activities."

She said that no police advice was taken when the messages were sent.

Following the texts, hits on the Summer's Alive website rocketed from 55 to 760.