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St. James' CE Primary School

Cascade Warnings

We have been informed of the following recent incidents:
A local nursery school has reported that one of the parents informed the school that as she was walking along holding child’s hand at approx. 8:55 a.m. on 4th May, she was by the shops alongside Harris Academy Bermondsey when she was approached by a black man, approx.. 40 years old,  5ft 5, clean shaven, wearing beige jacket and blue jeans. She said the man bent down and picked the child up from the floor. She said to the man ‘What are you doing?’ The man replied by saying ‘I’m taking him home’. Mum then said ‘no you’re not, put him down’. The man put the child down and then walked away. As he was walking away, he made some references to a dinosaur that the child was holding. Mum said that she has reported this to the Police and given them a description of the man.
A local primary school has reported that at approximately 12:55 p.m. on 4th May, a stranger was standing outside the school gates taking photographs on his phone.  One of school’s staff members went up to the gate and the man ran away. The man is described as being of Chinese origin, about 5ft 10, wearing very thin glasses and a green or blue jacket. He was wearing a red and black camera strap around his neck. Deputy Headteacher and another senior member of staff went outside the premises but the man was gone. The school has reported the incident to the police.
Another local primary school reported that they had a white male, mid 50s, with black hair enter the school last Thursday, 4th May. At the time his voice was slurred and he kept stating he needing to use the bathroom to wash his shoes. The school did not think much of it at the time, it was before the school day and he left when asked. However, yesterday (8th May) the police came to review the school’s CCTV, as a child’s phone went missing. It appears from the footage that the man took the phone. He is known to the police and they are investigating, however he may try to go into other schools, looking for items to steal.

These incidents underline the need for children to be accompanied by a responsible adult to and from school. We urge you to remain vigilant for unusual activity and to report any incidents to the police and to school.