School fears pervert is stalking children

FEARS a pervert is stalking children in Suffolk have been stoked after two disturbing incidents were connected by police.

Will Clarke

FEARS a pervert is stalking children in Suffolk have been stoked after two disturbing incidents were connected by police.

Teachers at Stoke By Nayland Middle School, near Sudbury, have written to parents to warn them to be on their guard after two suspicious incidents involving a white van.

In one case a mother from the Sudbury area, who asked not to be named, said her 10-year-old daughter was left shaken after she was followed on the way to school from Nayland Road, Bures, at 8am on Thursday morning.

“She told me about what happened when she got home from school,” said the concerned 43-year-old mother. “She was upset and frightened because she has no understanding what this man was doing.

“It began when she went to the bus stop and this man pulled up in a van staring at her. She felt uncomfortable so she decided to run to the next stop.

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“Whenever she stopped he would stop too. At first I thought it might be coincidence but after I saw a similar van near the house I decided to call the police.

“They have taken it very seriously and their response has been brilliant.”

After the letter sent by headteacher David Livingstone she said parents had begun escorting their children to bus stops to minimise the danger from any threat.

Mr Livingstone said the school decided to warn parents and pupils to be more vigilant when a second parent reported a van driver “acting suspiciously” near the school on Monday morning.

He said: “We have told parents there has been a white van driver in the area and he has possibly been acting suspiciously and to be on their guard.

“We have also told them that if they have any information they should contact the police. We have had a couple of parents phone in and although it is difficult to know for sure if people are acting suspiciously or not we have to take it seriously for the welfare of the children.

“There has not been any panic and it is being treated in the right way. The children have been told to be watchful and careful.”

The man in the van is described as in his 30s with short dark curly hair.

Anybody with information on the incidents should call PC Kirsten Adams at Sudbury police on 01284 774 100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.