Schools put on alert over ‘sus­pi­cious’ man in ceme­tery

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AWARNING has been sent schools urg­ing staff to re­main vig­i­lant fol­low­ing reports of a man ‘act­ing sus­pi­ciously’ near a grave­yard.

The man, un­der­stood to be in his 60s, was re­port­edly seen hang­ing around near Roy­ton Ceme­tery on Mon­day evening.

He was wear­ing a rain­coat and car­ry­ing a ruck­sack.

Mem­bers of the Old­ham School Safe Scheme, run by the coun­cil, were in­formed of the in­ci­dent by a con­cerned par­ent.

An email alert was later sent to all pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in the town, warn­ing staff and ask­ing them to be vig­i­lant.

It is un­der­stood par­ents have been told about the reports by their chil­dren’s re­spec­tive schools.

Town hall bosses said po­lice have also been told.

The ceme­tery is a short dis­tance from Thorp Pri­mary School.

The man, who was seen at around 6.15pm on Mon­day, was said to have been wear­ing a green rain coat and car­ry­ing a grey ruck­sack.

A con­cerned par­ent said the man was ‘act­ing sus­pi­ciously’, though fur­ther de­tails about what he was do­ing had not been re­leased.

The email, seen by our sis­ter pa­per the M.E.N, read: “We have re­ceived a mes­sage from Old­ham School Safe Scheme that a man aged ap­prox­i­mately 60 years old, wear­ing a green rain coat and car­ry­ing a grey ruck­sack was seen act­ing sus­pi­ciously near to Roy­ton Ceme­tery yes­ter­day [Mon­day] around 6.15pm.

“We ask that you are vig­i­lant at all times and re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious to the po­lice.”

A spokesman for Old­ham coun­cil said a con­cerned par­ent had spot­ted the man and quickly took ac­tion.

He said: “A par­ent had no­ticed the man who was act­ing sus­pi­ciously.

“The lo­cal school was con­tacted and then an email was sent as part of the School Safe Scheme to all schools in the area.

“The par­ent was also ad­vised to con­tact po­lice, which was then fol­lowed with a call to Greater Manchester Po­lice.”

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●●A con­cerned par­ent re­ported the man ‘act­ing sus­pi­ciously’ near Roy­ton Ceme­tery

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