Pupils told to walk in groups after ‘persistent’ man offers young girl lift to Northampton school

A warning has been sent to parents of pupils at Caroline Chisholm School after a man offered to give a young girl a lift to school
A warning has been sent to parents of pupils at Caroline Chisholm School after a man offered to give a young girl a lift to school

Students at a Northampton secondary school are being advised to walk together in groups after a female pupil was approached by a driver who offered her a lift.

The young girl was walking to Caroline Chisholm School at 8am on Tuesday, near the Toby Carvery in East Hunsbury, when a black car pulled up and a man wound down the window and offered her a lift to school.

In a letter sent home to parents informing them of the incident vice principal Katherine Patterson said the driver was “persistent”, however the student did not accept the lift and the car moved off, waited further up the road, then drove away.

The incident has been reported to the police and all parents have been asked to remind their children to be vigilant when walking to and from school and never accept a lift from a stranger.

Ms Patterson said: “We advise that students walk together in groups. We will be reminding students about staying safe in school and also that any incidents of this nature must be reported to a member of staff immediately so that the appropriate safeguarding action can be taken.”