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Stafford school issues warning after stranger approaches pupils

By Carl Jackson | Stafford | Crime | Published:

A stranger danger warning has put parents on alert after reports of suspicious approaches being made to school pupils.

Walton High School in Stafford has circulated a message saying pupils had been targeted to and from school in the area.

It said: "We have received cause for concern regarding students' safety whilst en-route to and from school in our catchment area.

"This has involved students being approached by a stranger.

"The police have been informed and we have been advised to ask parents to remind students to be wary of potentially dangerous situations and suspicious behaviour.

"It is important that children trust their instincts and if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell an adult."

The entrance to Walton High School in Stafford. Picture: Google

Staffordshire Police spokesman Mike Chipchase added: “If children are approached by a stranger they are encouraged to use their common sense and not to talk to them.

"We would advise they walk away and tell an adult who they know straight away or ring the police.

"Our advice to parents is to remain calm and vigilant. Continue to take normal, sensible precautions to keep your children safe, and if you do see anything suspicious report it to us immediately by ringing 101 or, in an emergency, 999.”

It came after parents were put on alert following an alleged attempted abduction of a 13-year-old boy in Walsall.

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
Reporter - @cjackson_star

Senior reporter for Staffordshire and Walsall.

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