Warning of naked man near school
Parents of schoolchildren have been warned to be on the lookout after two children saw a man sitting naked in a van in Tawa.
The incident occurred in Duncan St on Waitangi Monday and Kapiti Mana Police senior sergeant James McKay said it was something that was definitely on the radar.
Police are looking for a man in his late 20s, of short build, medium-length hair and clean shaven. He was sitting in a white Holden Combo van.
‘‘It is a concern because there is potential for him to do something more serious. It is an indecent act and our staff are aware of the incident,’’ McKay said.
He said it was important to report anything suspicious.
Police would increase their presence in the area until the situation was resolved, he said.
Staff at Tawa Intermediate School were informed of the incident, which involved two children.
Principal Brendon Henderson said the children were not pupils at the intermediate, but the incident was of concern.
‘‘All children get taught how to keep themselves safe. Parents need to re-enforce the not talking to strangers rule and make sure their children know what to do if something does happen,’’ Henderson said.
He said the school was following the advice of police and that school staff would also increase their presence in Duncan St and other school exits before and after school.
The incident last week was one of several reports in less than six months in the area – other schools have alerted parents to similar problems.
In September, Tawa Intermediate School emailed parents about an incident involving a man who had followed pupils making their way to school along Duncan St.
In mid-August, a man known to police approached two children from Redwood School. He was later arrested.
In October, Seatoun School warned parents after a man approached a young girl and offered her lollies to get in his car.
The girl’s mother told school staff the man pulled alongside her in a silver sedan in Tio Tio Rd and offered her ‘‘sweets’’ but she refused to get in.