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St. James' CE Primary School

Cascade Warning

We list below some information from our Headteacher Cascade Warning, of a number of incidents in our local area during the past few weeks. Please be vigilant and talk to your children about stranger danger; we strongly urge that children are accompanied by a responsible adult to and from school. If you are concerned about any incidents, please report it to the police and to school.

There has been a report that a female year 9 student was on the number 40 bus at approximately 12:15 p.m. on 19 April approaching Bowyer Place. She felt someone tap her on her shoulder. She described them as male, mixed race, approximately in their late 30s with big diamond earrings. He had stubble and collar length plaits. He spoke with a London slang accent. She noticed dark coloured jeans and a brown rucksack. He asked her ‘what school do you go to?’, ‘Is it new?’, ‘Where is it?’, ‘How old are you?, ‘How is school – is it good?, ‘What year are you in? ‘. She gave false or vague answers. She got off the bus at the next stop (where she needed to get off) and called her mum. She then came to school and reported this in school. This incident has been reported to the School’s Safer Schools Police Officer.

Two Year 5 students at a local school reported incidents of a man trying to speak to them on the way to school on the corner of Doddington Grove and Braganza Street at approximately 8:55 a.m. on 24 April. They both described the person as a white male, tall, bald with a blue jacket.  He said ‘This is a nice place’ to one student and took a step towards him – the student ran to school. The man then said ‘Hi’ to the second student and this student also ran to school. This incident has been reported to the police.

 A child had an encounter with a stranger who attempted to speak to them while they were on their way to a local school at about 8:40 a.m. on 25 April. As the child waved goodbye to their parent in Pages Walk, a man described as black, around 40 years of age wearing grey trousers, brown T-shirt with a black coat and carrying a brown bag called out to them and waved. The child continued on to school with their sibling and alerted school staff. The child believes they may have seen the same man in the Peckham/Old Kent Road area the previous weekend. The police have been informed and are following up.