Po­lice step up their search af­ter sec­ond sex­ual in­ci­dent on school pupil in a week

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A PUPIL was sex­u­ally as­saulted as she walked to school on Ty­ne­side – just a week af­ter a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent in the same area.

Po­lice say the teenager was near Heb­burn Com­pre­hen­sive School in South Ty­ne­side at 8.50am yes­ter­day when she was ap­proached by a man on a bike.

The girl was un­hurt but left ‘very shocked’ by the in­ci­dent as she walked along Camp­bell Park Road, Northum­bria Po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent is the sec­ond in eight days in­volv­ing a school­girl and a man on a bike out­side the school, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

They say an­other pupil was also ap­proached by a cy­clist on Mon­day, Novem­ber 7 and of­fi­cers are step­ping up their search for the cul­prit.

A Northum­bria Po­lice spokes­woman said: “Po­lice have been mak­ing ex­ten­sive enquiries in the area since last week car­ry­ing out house to house enquiries, check­ing for CCTV footage and con­duct­ing ex­tra pa­trols par­tic­u­larly be­fore and af­ter school times fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.”

Act­ing Neigh­bour­hood In­spec­tor An­gela Lewis added: “We would urge any­one in the vicin­ity of the school who sees any­thing or any­one sus­pi­cious to speak to ei­ther the of­fi­cers on pa­trol, or the school, and ask that any wit­nesses come for­ward and speak to us no mat­ter how small they think the in­for­ma­tion is.

“Pupils and par­ents should re­main vig­i­lant and any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact us on 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence 195 of 14/11/17 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

Heb­burn Com­pre­hen­sive School was un­avail­able for com­ment fol­low­ing the sec­ond in­ci­dent, but in a let­ter to par­ents last week, head­teacher David Thomp­son asked pupils and par­ents to ‘be vig­i­lant’ and re­port any in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour to staff or po­lice at once.

He added: “Whilst po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing, it would be sen­si­ble for pupils to walk to and from school in groups of two or three, where pos­si­ble.

“If chil­dren are stay­ing back af­ter school, you may wish to make ar­range­ments to col­lect your son/ daugh­ter.

“I am not want­ing to cause alarm, but the safety of our pupils is of paramount im­por­tance.”

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