Buckingham parents warned after schoolchildren approached

Talk to children about 'stranger danger' says The Buckingham School after men asked pupils to get into cars

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 9:33 am
Schools have alerted parents after incidents where children have been approached by strangers in cars. Library image: Shutterstock

Parents at The Buckingham School have been contacted by deputy headteacher Matt Wardle following "a number of incidents" where strangers in cars have approached schoolchildren.

In his email Mr Wardle, who is also the school's safeguarding lead, said: "We have become aware of a number of incidents both in the local community and the surrounding areas, where students have been approached by strangers in cars.

"These men are asking the students to get in the car with a rehearsed routine claiming to know the family and offering lifts.

"Please can we ask you to all talk to your child about the importance of stranger danger and what to do if they are approached by a person that they don’t know.

"These incidents have been reported to the police to make them aware.

"We will also talk to the students today and tomorrow in school about the importance of stranger danger and how to respond if a stranger does approach them. We want the community to be a safe one, and hearing the same message from school and home will reinforce this to the children.

"Please do let us know if you or your child are approached in any way."

Earlier this month, Bourton Meadow Academy alerted parents after a child was approached by three men after school on Monday, March 15, in Bourton Road. The men went away after the girl's mother shouted at them.

Posting on Facebook, Thames Valley Police (TVP) said they are "aware of reports of a number of suspicious incidents in which it has been reported that unknown males have approached and talked to schoolchildren in Aylesbury" between Friday, March 19, and Thursday, March 25.

TVP Aylesbury Vale said: "No child has been harmed and officers are investigating each of these incidents."

Investigating officer PC Kirstin Harding, from Aylesbury police station, said: “We are taking these reports seriously, but there is no suggestion that any attempted abduction has taken place.

“We have high-visibility patrols in the area and we would urge members of the public to please speak to one of our officers if they have any information.

“We are keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents are linked, but are investigating each of them as a priority.

“Anyone with any information can either talk to officers on patrol or call 101, quoting reference number 43210121541.

“I would be very keen to hear from anybody who has witnessed any suspicious incidents in the last few days involving a male approaching and talking to school-aged children to please come forward.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam, CCTV or doorbell footage from any of the areas mentioned to please check this to see if it has captured anything that may help.

"Incidents such as this can be concerning, but I would like to reassure the public that we are investigating and will retain an increased police presence while this investigation continues, and we are working with the local schools to ensure pupils are safe.”