Parent’s fears have been raised over the possibility of a peadophile loitering near to Island schools after two 11-year-old boys were approached and coaxed to get into a car outside a Newport secondary school last week.
Following the incident outside Medina College last Wednesday, Police are understood to have stepped up patrols with officers situated outside Priory School; Godshill Primary School; Ryde Academy and Greemmount Primary School yesterday afternoon, according to worried parents.
Students at Medina College were spoken to by staff towards the end of last week warning them about stranger danger and informing them of the worrying incident on Wednesday, which is said to have occurred at around 16:45. No physical contact was made and the two boys did not get into the car, which is believed to be silver in colour.
It has taken Hampshire Constabulary nearly a week to release details of the incident, with parents saying they feel they should be informed immediately of incidents of this nature. A description of the suspect has not been released.
This latest incident comes just weeks after a large scale search was launched after an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Yarmouth. Island Echo understands another young girl was approached in the area shortly after and Police are investigating whether the same suspect is behind two separate approaches in Portsmouth.
A young girl is also understood to have been followed in the Cliff Path area of Lake earlier this month.
No persons have been arrested in relation to any of the above incidents.
Officers from Newport CID are investigating the report and are keen to speak to anyone who can identify the driver of the vehicle or who has seen suspicious activity in the area. Anyone with information can contact Newport CID on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.