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High visibility police patrols in Chatteris following incident involving child

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Parents in a Fenland town are being urged to keep a closer eye on their children following an incident in which a man tried to grab a child.

The incident which happened yesterday (Monday) has prompted schools in Chatteris to send out warning letters to parents with one school suggesting they collect and bring their children to and from school for the remainder of the term.

The message from Kingsfield also warned families to be "vigilant".

Parents are being warned to be extra vigilant following an incident in York Road, Chatteris. (53720826)
Parents are being warned to be extra vigilant following an incident in York Road, Chatteris. (53720826)

Cromwell Community College, which now has a primary school attached to the secondary school site, also issued a warning and suggested that children should be extra vigilant when walking to school and moving around the town.

Assistant principal Matt Stevenson, who wrote the message added: "It would be advisable for pupils to walk along well lit or busy areas/paths, to walk with someone is possible and to notify a parent/carer of their whereabouts and expected arrival time at home."

A Cambridgeshire police spokesperson confirmed officers have launched an investigation and said extra high visibility patrols are being carried out by the local neighbourhood policing team.

He said: "Police were called at 12.49pm on Monday (December13) with reports of an assault in York Road, Chatteris. It has been reported that a child was walking to school when a man approached her and put his hand on her shoulder.

"The man is described as in his 30s, short dark hair, 5’6 in height and wearing a long-sleeved grey T-shirt. An investigation has begun and anyone with any information should contact us via web-chat or 101 quoting incident 177 of December 13."

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