I have been made aware of the following safety concern, from the information shown below that our local secondary school has sent to its pupils.
‘We have been made aware of a disturbing incident which took place last night when a Parkside student was apprehended by a man in a car as she was walking from a dance class on Emmanuel Street at around 5.30pm.
The man in question appeared to be of Chinese / Far Eastern origin and at first asked directions to the cemetery in Mill Road. He then asked if she would get into his car to show him the route. She refused. He then asked for directions to primary schools in the area so that he could ‘ask directions ‘again.
This description also fits a man who has approached students from Parkside and other schools in the area over the past week. On other occasions he was on a bike and tried to engage them in conversation asking directions, questions, and trying to exchange contact details.
Once again he wanted details of nearby primary schools.
The man speaks with a slight American accent. On these occasions he was wearing glasses and wore a black jacket with silver panels down the side.
The Police have been informed of all incidents.
We would ask you as parents to contact the police at once if your child reports any incident.’