‘Children were not in any danger’

POLICE have reassured parents that children were not under threat when they were approached by a teenage boy.

Hartlepool Police received a report that a teenage boy had approached two youngsters near a beck in Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, claiming to be a police cadet.

Officers have spoken to the boy and believe he has not posed a threat to the youngsters during the incident, which happened after school.

Parents of children who attend Throston Primary School were sent a text message and letter relating to the incident and an assembly was held to remind youngsters of the danger of speaking to strangers.

Inspector Lee Rukin, of Hartlepool Police, said: “Police were informed of an incident in Bishop Cuthbert. Inquiries were carried out and a teenage boy was spoken to in relation to the incident.

“We would like to reassure the local community that we are fully satisfied that there was no threat to the children and that they were not targeted.”

Mark Atkinson, headteacher of Throston Primary School, said: “I can confirm that an individual approached some pupils after school on Monday, April 30, while they were playing near the beck area within Bishop Cuthbert. The person, who was wearing a high visibility jacket, was alleging he was a police cadet.

“As soon as we were made aware of the incident we informed the police and notified parents by text message and letter. The police are aware of who the individual is and are now dealing with the matter.

“We’ve also held a special assembly to remind all children about the dangers of talking to strangers which the police attended.”