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Warning as woman encounters 'strange man' on footpath near St Stephen's School, Canterbury

A young woman is warning others to stay vigilant after a "strange man" hurled abuse at her in an alleyway.

The 23-year-old had been walking alone through Bird Cage Walk, a footpath that passes by St Stephen's Junior and Infants School in  Canterbury , at about 6pm yesterday.

Bird Cage Walk runs between St Stephen's School and Birley's Playing Fields in Canterbury. Picture: Google Street View (42237684)
Bird Cage Walk runs between St Stephen's School and Birley's Playing Fields in Canterbury. Picture: Google Street View (42237684)

"There was a strange man going in and out the bushes and then when he spotted me alone, he sat on the railings waiting for me," she said.

"When I asked what he was doing he said he was waiting for me."

The woman told the man she was going to phone the police, but says he then "began shouting abuse" at her.

She describes the man as white, slim and about 6ft tall with long brown hair tied in a low pony tail.

Urging others to "please be wary", she posted details of what happened on Facebook, adding: "I could only imagine how scary the situation would have got if I didn't confront him or if someone more timid came across him."

The incident has been reported to police.

A police spokesman said: "Enquiries are underway to determine whether any offences have been committed."

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