Warning to parents as man ‘tries to kidnap boy from primary school’: Police say he’s also targeted secondary age pupils
- The alleged incident ‘took place on Thursday at a school in Witham, Essex’
A man allegedly tried to kidnap a young boy from a primary school, triggering a police probe and urgent warning to parents.
The alleged incident is said to have taken place at Templars Academy, in Witham, Essex on Thursday.
The stranger is reported to have entered the Cressing Road school’s courts before allegedly trying to snatch the youngster.
Parents were warned about the incident in a letter penned by the school’s headteacher, Victoria Gooding – who claimed the male also attempted to target secondary school age pupils.
The shocking incident took place at Templars Academy, in Witham, Essex on Thursday. Pictured is the school
She wrote: ‘We have been aware that there was an incident on the Courts where a stranger approached a young child and tried to take him.
‘This man was also approaching secondary age pupils. The police are now involved, but we would like to make you aware so that you can be vigilant and ask that you warn your children to be careful, putting in necessary safeguarding precautions.
‘Do not hesitate to call the police if you or your children are approached or if you are concerned. Thank you for your support.’
MailOnline has contacted Essex Police for more information.
Templers Academy caters to children aged two to 11, with more than 340 pupils currently in attendance.