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Stranger danger warning at Grove Park Primary School in Sittingbourne after child approached

By William Janes

A child was approached by a stranger outside a primary school.

Staff at Grove Park School, in Hilton Drive, Sittingbourne, called police after the incident earlier.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Nicci Hague said: "I am writing to inform you that there was an incident outside the school gates today, which warranted us calling the police, as a child was approached.

Grove Park Primary School in Hilton Drive, Sittingbourne
Grove Park Primary School in Hilton Drive, Sittingbourne

"Staff will be stationed on the hill for the rest of the school year.

"I have spoken to all children today to remind them about staying safe at all times and walking in a group rather than alone."

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers were called just after 9am and are currently investigating the circumstances including speaking with the child and viewing CCTV footage in the area."

Head teacher Nicci Hague later commented: “The child was not physically harmed. Police were called and officers attended the school. I have spoken to children and contacted parents/carers to remind them about staying safe and remaining vigilant while out in public.

"Staff will be stationed in the area around the school in the mornings and afternoons for the remainder of the term as a precaution, and we are in contact with Kent’s education safeguarding service, which is offering support. Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to contact the school or Kent Police.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident when the area was busy with vehicles and pedestrians is asked to call Kent Police on 01795 419119 quoting reference 18-0333.

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