Pupils at schools in Tunbridge Wells warned about ‘stranger danger’

Police are warning parents and children to be vigilant following suspicious incidents in recent weeks involving people travelling in vans approaching children in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

Kent Police logoThe advice is being repeated because of the number of children who travel from the Crowborough area to attend schools in Tunbridge Wells.

In the most recent incident a student from Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School was followed by a man in a white van near to Dunorlan Park.

In some instances there have also been reports of people wearing clown or Halloween masks and deliberately trying to scare pupils walking to and from schools.

Kent Police have been liaising with schools to ensure pupils are reminded about how to keep safe.  Chief Inspector Dave Pate said

We are still working to establish whether any offences have been committed.

However, I want assure parents that we take the safety of all children very seriously and have extra officers on patrol around schools. I would also ask parents to make sure they remind children how to keep safe.

In another incident a boy reported that he was approached by two men in a van which stopped in Sandown Park in Tunbridge Wells.  The boy ran away and then informed the school.

Schools are advising pupils to be very vigilant when walking to and from school:

  • Try and walk with friends or in pairs
  • If you feel you are being followed to speak to another group of pedestrians or go into a shop and ask them to call the Police
  • To report anything suspicious to a teacher, a parent or phone the Police.

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