Parents told to walk their children to school following ‘suspicious incident’

Generic images from Sussex Police
Generic images from Sussex Police

Parents of pupils at a primary school in Northampton have been advised to accompany their child to school or ensure they walk with friends following an assault on a young girl.

The Woodvale Primary Academy pupil was walking to school along Crestline Court when she was approached by a man who tried to restrain her.

The girl managed to get away but the man appeared to follow her again. He stopped when a woman came into view, walking in the opposite direction.

A letter sent home to parents from headteacher Erica Holt on Tuesday says: “I would like to ask that you either accompany your child to and from the academy or ensure they walk with friends.

“Please also ensure that your child(ren) know that they should inform you or a member of staff at the academy if they are approached by a stranger whilst walking to or from the academy.”

The man is white, 5ft 11in and between aged 20 and 30, with a muscular build, brown eyes with an English accent. He wore a black hooded top and trousers. His face was partially covered by a scarf or similar item.

Witnesses, or anyone with any information, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police would especially like to hear from the woman who was also walking through Crestline Court, in the opposite direction.