Police appeal after men in van approach girl near Cheam primary school

Police appeal after men in van approach girl outside primary school

Police appeal after men in van approach girl outside primary school

First published in Education News

Police are investigating after two men asked a schoolgirl to get into their van as she walked home from her primary school.

The incident took place near Cheam Fields Primary School at the junction of Stoughton Avenue and Tilehurst Road, Cheam, on Thursday, March 8, at 3.30pm.

The Year 5 pupil shouted "no" at the men and ran home.

An alert was put out from the school to other schools in the area to warn them about the incident.

Both men are described as black and aged in their mid 30s.

Police are asking anyone who saw the incident or the vehicle to call Sutton Police Station on 101.

Officers were stationed near the school today as part of the police investigation.

Do you know more? Call the newdesk on 0208 722 6357 or email jpepper@london.newsquest.co.uk

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5:49pm Fri 9 Mar 12

theavengers says...

Why was a child alone? I see too many kids walking by themselves these days...where are the parents? Personally I make sure my work revolves around getting my child personally back and forth from school (and she's 14). She's smart and independent in many ways but I don't trust predators. It is really sad but a fact of life.
Why was a child alone? I see too many kids walking by themselves these days...where are the parents? Personally I make sure my work revolves around getting my child personally back and forth from school (and she's 14). She's smart and independent in many ways but I don't trust predators. It is really sad but a fact of life. theavengers
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6:27pm Fri 9 Mar 12

mumto3 says...

Why on earth was this child let out of school alone? Where was the childs parents or carer? How fortunate for that poor child to have the sense to shout no and run home.
Why on earth was this child let out of school alone? Where was the childs parents or carer? How fortunate for that poor child to have the sense to shout no and run home. mumto3
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8:00pm Fri 9 Mar 12

mumto3 says...

I have just spoken to a safer neighbourhood officer about this incident and it was a year 5 pupil not age 5 as reported!!! Either way this is a frightening experience.
I have just spoken to a safer neighbourhood officer about this incident and it was a year 5 pupil not age 5 as reported!!! Either way this is a frightening experience. mumto3
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7:14am Sat 10 Mar 12

Monstermunch17 says...

The avengers. You are personally responsible for the ridiculous amount of traffic on our roads, and the stunted development of our children. Please re-assess.
The avengers. You are personally responsible for the ridiculous amount of traffic on our roads, and the stunted development of our children. Please re-assess. Monstermunch17
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12:25am Sun 11 Mar 12

imalaydee says...

Monstermunch17 - yes us Mums would love to put our feet up and let the kids walk home, but it only takes one van with one driver to take a child, as witnessed above. I agree that it is a shame children cant be given independence, but girls will have to learn eventually that the price for that independence is a greater danger from evil perverts and rapists, and an attack from them would stunt a childs development a lot more than being given a lift home from mum!
Monstermunch17 - yes us Mums would love to put our feet up and let the kids walk home, but it only takes one van with one driver to take a child, as witnessed above. I agree that it is a shame children cant be given independence, but girls will have to learn eventually that the price for that independence is a greater danger from evil perverts and rapists, and an attack from them would stunt a childs development a lot more than being given a lift home from mum! imalaydee
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9:53am Mon 12 Mar 12

Hugh Dunnit says...

MonsterMunch is right - as long as you think the world is full of evil perverts and rapists (it isn't) your kids will have to suffer for your paranoia, growing up scared of shadows.
MonsterMunch is right - as long as you think the world is full of evil perverts and rapists (it isn't) your kids will have to suffer for your paranoia, growing up scared of shadows. Hugh Dunnit
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7:48pm Wed 14 Mar 12

surrey-L says...

@mumto3 it does report that it was a year 5 pupil!

@Monstermunch17 are u for real? would you not rather sit in traffic knowing your kids, nieces nephews etc are getting home safely? If you think otherwise shame on you!

But either way this is horrible! I agree primary school kids should not ne allowed out until parents/guardians are waiting for them!

But on the other hand how awful kids cannot have the childhood i/we had playing outside till dark etc! but its just a way of the world- i know with my kids i would rather be safe than sorry!
@mumto3 it does report that it was a year 5 pupil! @Monstermunch17 are u for real? would you not rather sit in traffic knowing your kids, nieces nephews etc are getting home safely? If you think otherwise shame on you! But either way this is horrible! I agree primary school kids should not ne allowed out until parents/guardians are waiting for them! But on the other hand how awful kids cannot have the childhood i/we had playing outside till dark etc! but its just a way of the world- i know with my kids i would rather be safe than sorry! surrey-L
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9:50pm Wed 14 Mar 12

Monstermunch17 says...

Very much for real. Traffic not a big deal for me, I mainly use public transport, but anyone suggesting there are more dangers on our streets for kids now than there was 30years ago, clearly cannot have read anything on the subject, outside of tabloid scare-mongering, (something from which this paper is not immune).
Very much for real. Traffic not a big deal for me, I mainly use public transport, but anyone suggesting there are more dangers on our streets for kids now than there was 30years ago, clearly cannot have read anything on the subject, outside of tabloid scare-mongering, (something from which this paper is not immune). Monstermunch17
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7:39am Thu 15 Mar 12

emelem says...

did theavengers say they drove with their child? i don't see it.....

anyway, there are definitely too many kids walking around without supervision. i saw a group of three the other day that couldn't have been older than 9yo and i wondered "where is the parent??" when i was that age, my mom always walked me to and from school. but then the next year, she fell into a sort of depression and i was on my own (granted, at the time, i loved it!) except for being told to ride (my bike) along the busy streets (i guess in case an abduction happened, it would be seen, i don't know..) perhaps, that's what's going on with these unattended to kids. working mom/dad? depressed mom/dad? apathetic mom/dad? don't know...

i always wonder why there aren't more buses solely dedicated to the transport of school kids. and if they live close enough to the school, why not have supervised walking groups, if the parents aren't available?
did theavengers say they drove with their child? i don't see it..... anyway, there are definitely too many kids walking around without supervision. i saw a group of three the other day that couldn't have been older than 9yo and i wondered "where is the parent??" when i was that age, my mom always walked me to and from school. but then the next year, she fell into a sort of depression and i was on my own (granted, at the time, i loved it!) except for being told to ride (my bike) along the busy streets (i guess in case an abduction happened, it would be seen, i don't know..) perhaps, that's what's going on with these unattended to kids. working mom/dad? depressed mom/dad? apathetic mom/dad? don't know... i always wonder why there aren't more buses solely dedicated to the transport of school kids. and if they live close enough to the school, why not have supervised walking groups, if the parents aren't available? emelem
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