Portsmouth school’s warning after man approaches pupils

CONCERNED Miltoncross School headteacher Fiona Calderbank
CONCERNED Miltoncross School headteacher Fiona Calderbank

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A PORTSMOUTH school has sent a letter to parents warning them of a man approaching pupils.

Fiona Calderbank, headteacher of Miltoncross School, has written to families after two incidents were reported on Monday.

She claims a dark-skinned man approached a group of four girls on St Mary’s Road.

He asked them to go to lunch with him, but fortunately the school’s crossing patrol woman was nearby and ensured the students got away safely.

Then, a man of the same description was seen sat beside a girl in year seven in the bus shelter by Kingston Prison.

He allegedly held her arm and asked her to come home with him.

He did this in full view of an elderly couple who chased him away.

Ms Calderbank said the incidents have been reported to the police, who are looking for the person but, as of yet, no one has been found.

She said that in the meantime, officers will be conducting extra patrols in the area.

Ms Calderbank added: ‘As a precaution, I have asked tutors to advise students that they should take extra care when travelling home, to keep to populated areas and to try to travel in twos or more.

‘I will of course inform you of any developments, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any specific concerns.’