Police issue ‘stranger danger’ advice

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Police are offering ‘stranger danger’ awareness advice offered following an incident in Chapel St Leonards.

Offers were informed of an apparently suspicious incident that happened at about 9.15am on Wednesday, involving a 10-year-old girl walking to school in the village.

As the schoolgirl walked along St Leonards Drive, a car pulled up alongside.

The occupants were a female driver with a small child and the woman asked the girl if she needed a lift to school. Not recognising the driver, the girl sensibly ran away and told someone about the incident.

Officers were able to trace the vehicle and establish that the incident involved a well-meaning distant neighbour and that the circumstances were entirely innocent. However, a police spokesman said it was a good opportunity for the school to reinforce ‘stranger danger’ messages and a letter was sent home to parents.

As a result of rumour on social media about the incident, police later received a hoax call from two young boys who had heard about it on Facebook and decide to say as a joke that someone had tried to entice them into a car. Police said they have been warned about the very serious consequences of making such hoax allegations.