School warn­ing as man ‘takes pho­tos of girls’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YAR­WOOD sam.yar­wood@trin­i­tymir­ @sam­yarwood89

AN­OTHER warn­ing has been is­sued to schools and par­ents after a man was re­port­edly seen tak­ing pho­tos of young girls in the street.

In re­cent weeks there have been more than half a dozen ‘sus­pi­cious in­ci­dents’ in­volv­ing chil­dren across Greater Manch­ester.

On Tues­day, St Antony’s Catholic Col­lege, in Urm­ston, shared an alert from col­leagues at Stret­ford Gram­mar which said a group of girls had been ‘watched’ by a man as they made their way to school that morn­ing.

He had been point­ing a phone to­wards them, and ap­peared to take a photo of them, be­fore driv­ing away in a Ford Fi­esta.

School bosses said the man was around 6ft and of mixed race. He was wear­ing a black and grey hoodie, with the hood up.

The warn­ing read: “Six year eight girls were com­ing to school and were near the Quad­rant at the top of Kings Road/Stret­ford.

“There was a man out­side the lo­cal store and he had his phone pointed to­wards them and was watch­ing them.

“They felt that he took a pic­ture of them as they saw a flash. His car was a Ford Fi­esta and stu­dents got his li­cence plate. When they got to the cen­tre of the round­about he got in his car and drove off.

“Form tu­tors have been alerted to speak with their stu­dents. This in­ci­dent has been re­ported to the po­lice.”

Ear­lier this week, po­lice con­tacted schools in Traf­ford urg­ing bosses to re­mind pupils about the risks of ‘stranger dan­ger.’

They said a man had re­port­edly been fol­low­ing school­girls on foot, be­fore ‘en­tic­ing’ them over and ex­pos­ing him­self. He then runs away from the scene. The in­ci­dents are said to have hap­pened in Flix­ton and Urm­ston be­tween 3.30pm and 7pm. An­other warn­ing was also is­sued fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in nearby Part­ing­ton at the week­end, when a man pulled up along­side chil­dren play­ing in their gar­den be­fore re­port­edly of­fer­ing them dough­nuts.

In Sal­ford, a young boy fought off a man who tried to kid­nap him in broad day­light on Septem­ber 28, and five days later a man tried to ‘bun­dle’ a 12-year-old girl into his van in Rochdale.

Last Thurs­day two girls were ha­rangued by a man in a sil­ver pickup truck as they waited at a Stock­port bus stop.

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