Police investigate Stratford Park 'stranger danger' incident

2:06pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

By SNJ Reporter

POLICE have launched an investigation after a Year 8 student from Archway School in Stroud was the subject of inappropriate behaviour by a man in Stratford Park on Friday.

The student was walking through the park on his way to school, at around 9.05am, when he was approached by a male who started to talk to him before exposing himself to him.

He immediately went to school, reported the incident and was able to provide a description of the man. The matter was reported to Police.

Officers have issued a description of the man. He is around five feet six inches tall, of mixed heritage and wearing a blue polo shirt, black Lonsdale jacket, brown leather jacket, jeans and Umbro trainers. He was wearing glasses, and had a thin goatee beard and short black hair.

Police have spoken to staff at the leisure centre which is based in Stratford Park, but say enquiries are continuing.

A spokesman said: “We emphasise the importance of stranger danger to students and there is a section on our website which gives information on this to both students and parents.”

In a letter to students, Archway’s head teacher Colin Belford said: “Please be alert and remember the warnings parents and school have given you about the risk from strangers. Police advise that anyone being the victim of inappropriate behaviour should report the matter to them.”


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