Parents urged to keep children safe after Hartlepool schoolboy approached by stranger

Fens Primary School
Fens Primary School

A school has warned parents to remind children about the dangers associated with strangers after an 11-year-old boy was offered a lift by a woman he didn't know.

Parents of children who attend Fens Primary School were sent a text after the incident which happened as the boy made his way to school this morning.

The text message sent to parents

The text message sent to parents

Peter Cornforth, Headteacher of Fens Primary School said: “An 11-year-old boy was walking to school this morning when the driver of a vehicle asked if he wanted a lift.

“The boy correctly declined and made his way to school where he reported the incident. The school immediately notified the Police, the child’s parents and Hartlepool Borough Council, and we sent a text message to make our parents aware.

“The safety of our children is a top priority for the school and can never be over-emphasised.”

The text read: "We have informed Police and HBC that a Yr 6 pupil was approached by a stranger this morning. The pupil safe and at school. Please be vigilant at this time."

A spokeswoman from Cleveland Police said: “We were notified by Fens Primary School that a woman driver had offered a boy a lift as he was in the Spalding Road area, making his way to school.

“He declined, and reported the incident to his teacher when he arrived at school. While there is currently no evidence of any offence having taken place, and the boy was unharmed, we would ask parents and carers to remind children of staying safe if approached by strangers and never to get in a vehicle with a stranger.”

Earlier in the year, Police were called on Wednesday March 16, when a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man and a woman in a vehicle in Mowbray Road, Hartlepool, near to the junction of Spalding Road.

The vehicle stopped and the woman who was driving the vehicle said she was sent by the girl’s parents to pick her up and asked her to get into the car.

When the girl made off, the vehicle followed her and the man and woman repeatedly asked her to get into the vehicle.

The man then got out and started to run after her. The girl managed to make it safely to a nearby address and the man got back into the vehicle, which made off towards Wainfleet Road.

Police previously released details of two other incidents which took place on Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26, in Merlin Way.

On both occasions, two men approached a girl.