Attempted abduction: West Hull parents taking extra care on school run
CONCERNED parents of children at Chiltern Primary School say they are looking out for each other after an attempted abduction.
Robert Allen, ten, was walking home from a park close to the west Hull school when a man offered him a lift in his car.
He tried to lure him into the car with sweets but Robert ran off.
Now, parents of children at the school say they are being more vigilant and the whole community is looking out for one another.
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Hull City Council has also informed other city schools, so teachers and pupils can be on alert.
Vikki Mitchell, 34, is mum to Caylan Wainman, seven, and Elyssa Mitchell, four.
She said: "You have to be so vigilant with your children.
"News like this has travelled fast but we all know each other and look out for each other on the school run."
Angela Hall, 28, is the mother of Chiltern pupils Danielle Nundy, seven, and Thomas Nundy, four.
She said: "My mum lives in Gordon Street so it happened right outside her house.
"I always pick my children up but a lot of people don't, even on Friday after this happened."
Robert, who was approached by the man on Thursday evening, had been walking home from the park near Chiltern Primary.
Beverley Cooke, 49, says as one of the school entrances is on a pathway, rather than a road, the area where the boy was playing is very secluded.
Beverley, who is mum to Chiltern pupils Maddison, four, and Alfie, seven, said: "If they saw a child playing there on their own, it is an ideal place to try to snatch them – luckily, the boy was sensible enough to run off but, unfortunately, some aren't.
"I've told my children to be careful, but I told them that even before this happened.
"I showed them the Mail article from the other day, warning them not to have Facebook accounts at a young age too – they shouldn't be putting pictures up that strangers can see."
Headteacher Lynne Clarke has said the attempted abduction is being taken seriously.
A text message was sent to parents warning them about Robert's experience.
Hull City Council has also said it has alerted other city schools.
Ken Sainty, the council's assistant head of service for standards and improvement, said: "We have made schools aware of the recent incident close to Chiltern Primary School and that school and Humberside Police were informed.
"Schools have been asked to ensure their staff are aware of this matter and that they reinforce the 'stranger danger' message with their pupils as necessary."
Kerry Quinn, 32, has two children who attend the school and its nursery – Dylan, eight, and Caiden, four.
She says it has been a big shock for the Hessle Road community. She said: "I don't let my children play out but I know I will be extra careful with them now.
"I make sure they hold my hand the whole time and I walk them to and from school.
"It's happened at other schools in Hull and Hessle in the past year.
"It's very scary – especially when it is so close to home."
Humberside Police are still appealing for witnesses, and a woman who helped Robert to a nearby police station, to come forward. Anyone with information should call 101.