Suspicious driver warning at March school

The entrance to Maple Grove School, March
The entrance to Maple Grove School, March

Police have been carrying out patrols at a March school following reports of a male driver acting suspiciously near a child.

Maple Grove Infant School has also sent letters home to parents warning them to be on their guard following an incident near the school’s Acacia Grove entrance.

The man spotted near the school on Thursday was in a silver Mondeo car with no number plates.

Police were on hand during the school pick-up that afternoon to reassure parents, and have also been carrying out patrols of the area.

In the school letter, parents were advised that children should not be allowed to walk from the school gates, in Maple Grove and Acacia Grove, alone.

It said: “Please ensure your child/children are brought to the main school door – we are aware that some parents are dropping children off at the school gates and letting them walk in by themselves.”

A police spokesman said officers do not believe there is any real cause for concern at present but it is something the force takes seriously.

He added: “We were called just after 10am on Thursday with a report of a suspicious vehicle outside the school.

“Officers have visited the school and will be patrolling in the area.”

Anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area should contact police on 101.

School headteacher Theresa Luter was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

n Ofsted praises Maple Grove Infant School for making improvements, ahead of its formal closure next week. See Page 6.