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Another 'stranger danger' incident at Gloucestershire school prompts more warnings

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

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TEACHERS and police are urging vigilance after another ‘stranger danger’ incident at a county school.

It’s the fifth time in a matter of days that pupils have been approached by strangers outside schools since January 11.

The latest incident happened at Bishops Cleeve Primary School on Monday and follows others in Churchdown, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham.

No-one has been hurt, but students at several schools are being reminded to keep their wits about them.

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Kingsway Primary School in Gloucester is one of many to run assembelies to teach youngsters about the dangers of talking to strangers. The assembelies stress that strangers can be ‘normal’ looking people and will not fit a stereotype. There has been no change in the schools policies since the abduction attempts as they say the school is “very hot on security”.

Police Chief Inspector Steve Porter said: “There have been several reports of suspicious behaviour across the county but we would just urge everyone to remain calm and vigilant.

“We don’t have any evidence of criminal intent in these cases and no one has been harmed. However we understand people’s concerns and would urge parents and children to visit the Kids Aware section of our website just in case your child is spoken to by a stranger.”

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  • LJPoppy  |  March 05 2014, 1:44PM

    Kingsway is rife for unsupervised children in the streets, at all hours. Particularly in the summer months, out of term time, when kids as young as seven stay out until 10 at night. Even on school evenings there are small kids left to their own devices in the park. Shouldn't say it, but perhaps a 'stranger danger' character (or paedophile) in the area is what it takes for the parents to keep their kids supervised instead of letting them run feral.