Suspicious man targets Brunel Academy pupils

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By matt_2009 | Thursday, December 20, 2012, 09:49

Parents are being asked to remind their children about personal safety as they walk to and from school, due to recent incidents involving a suspicious man near Bristol's Brunel Academy.

As the dark nights are at their longest, and as children walk to school for the last few days of term, there are some quick and easy steps school children can take to stay safe. The reminder comes after reports that three pupils at the academy were approached by a stranger who attempted to call them in conversation.

The three incidents occurred this month in Speedwell Road, Whitefield Avenue and Clare Road.  A report was also received of a man acting suspiciously near the gates although it is not known if this is connected to the other three incidents.

The man is described as white, of medium build, about 5'6"– 6'0" in height; aged between 50-60 years old, with short untidy grey hair and possibly wearing glasses. He was seen on one occasion driving a green car.

We are investigating these incidents and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.

Detective Sergeant Christopher Jay said: "Fortunately none of the girls have been injured or even engaged him in conversation but we are still concerned about this man's behaviour and would like to speak to him. We are conducting enquiries to identify him but I would appeal for the man, or anyone who knows him, to contact me.

"People should not be unduly worried about this but I would encourage parents to talk to their children about personal safety and what to do if a stranger tries to speak to them. We are taking the incidents seriously and have increased our patrols in the area. We have also worked with the headteacher to ensure stranger danger is explained in an assembly this week."

Anyone walking alone should consider taking these steps:

-  Where possible don't walk home alone in the dark. If you can't avoid it, stick to well-lit roads and walk in the middle of the pavement. Do not take short cuts.

-  Don't walk and text, listen to music or chat on your phone. This can be a distraction and you will be less aware of what is going on around you. Distractions can make you vulnerable.

-  If you think you are being followed, cross the street several times if necessary. If you still think you are being followed, walk to the busiest area you can find or knock on somebody's door. If you have a phone you can call us on 101 or 999.

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact police on 101.

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