Warn­ing of naked man near school

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

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