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Winchester school praised for quick action over suspicious man
PARENTS have praised a Hampshire school for its quick action after a suspicious man was seen outside the grounds.
Western Primary School in Winchester alerted parents on Wednesday (oct 2) to several sightings of the same man near the school.
He was seen in school grounds in Browning Drive on Tuesday (oct 1) at the end of the school day, and has previously been seen sitting on walls in nearby Greenhill Road at the start and end of school on September 20.
Headteacher Peter Burbridge sent a letter to parents warning them and confirming the police had been informed and children were taught about ‘stranger danger’ in response to the incidents.
Several parents said they were concerned by the incidents but happy with how the school was handling the situation.
Jessica Gates, 25, of Andover Road, said: “The school alerted everybody straight away with an email and a text message and the police were here on Wednesday at the gates. The gates are shut and locked apart from drop-off and collection times. The staff can’t do much else.”
Angie Marchant, 40, of Greenhill Road, said: “It’s a bit alarming and I will be keeping my eyes open. It could just be a builder but when you have a child starting school you can get quite scared. The school has done a great job, especially with the younger ones.”
Babs Emmans, 40, of St Paul’s Hill, said: “When the school hears about something like this they have to take it seriously and speak to the children. But effectively your child is your responsibility so you look out for them.”
Another parent, who asked not to be named, said: “Some of the kids don’t care and some get paranoid. Mine says she wants me to walk her straight to the classroom because she is scared of the strange man. But all the schools keep in touch on this sort of thing and Western are doing a very good job.”
In the letter the man is described as around 6ft tall, between 30-40-years-old, with light coloured stubble, wearing an orange hoodie, jeans and trainers. He was also seen wearing white iPod-type earphones.
Mr Burbidge was unavailable for comment.
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