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Schools on alert after man tried to entice boy into car

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Schools and parents in the Advertiser district were put on alert after a man tried to entice a schoolboy into his car.

A warning was sent to all schools in the Eastwood and Kimberley area using the ‘Schools Security Alert’ system after the incident in Inkerman Street, Selston.

A year-ten boy was approached by a man in his late 30s to early 40s in a black Jeep-style vehicle on the morning of Friday April 25.

He offered the boy, who is understood to have been in his Selston High School uniform, a lift to school and tried to entice him into the vehicle.

The youngster refused and the man drove off. He is described as white, of stocky build, clean shaven, almost bald and wearing a black T-shirt. He possibly had a tattoo on his right arm.

Selston High School head teacher, Kevin Gaiderman, said: “Selston High School acted in accordance with its standard operating procedure regarding the safety/’stranger danger’ alert and, following advice from the police, we contacted parents via text message as well as posting a message on the school’s website.”

Nottinghamshire police have confirmed they are investigating the matter.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s service director for education, standards and inclusion said: “The schools security alert is a tool for schools, together with the county council and the police, to manage information effectively.

“When an incident occurs, a school will notify the county council which in turn ensures that the relevant details are shared with all primary, secondary and special schools.

“Key partners, including Nottingham City Council, are also alerted to any incidents. It is then at the discretion of individual schools and key partners as to whether parents are contacted with the details of the reported sighting requesting them and their children to remain extra vigilant.

“If the concern becames more serious, Nottinghamshire County Council officers would work closely with the school and the Police to protect the safety and wellbeing of pupils and the local community which is the priority with such incidents.”

 

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