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Hampshire Police send letter to parents after multiple reports of children being followed in Southampton – Hampshire Live

Boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 have reported being followed, police said
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Regents Park Community College published a letter from Hampshire Constabulary to its Facebook page.
In the letter, officers say that they have received reports of children being followed in various locations in the west of the city.
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The incidents have been reported between September 27 and October 12.
According to officers, each time the child has reported a man following them as they have been walking or on one occasion, when a child was playing in an adventure play area.
Both boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 have reported being followed, and on two occasions a man tried to engage in conversation with them.
Three incidents occurred between 3.30pm and 4.43pm and a fourth at around 10.45pm. A fifth incident has also been reported as taking place on October 11 between 3pm and 3.15pm.
According to the letter, the incidents have occured in the following locations: Clifton Road, a walkway between Warren Crescent and Birch Close, an adventure play area on Olive Road and Tremona Road.
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Officers say that they don't believe the incidents are connected.
In the letter, the police spokesperson said: "On each occasion the children have done the right thing by reporting it to an adult. No child has engaged with the man or been hurt in any way.
"Officers from Southampton West Neighbourhood Policing team are proactively investigating these incidents and will continue to patrol these areas at key times.
"We are taking these reports seriously and that police are actively investigating them. It’s important to remember that not every report has been the same and at this time we do not believe they are linked, however, we are keeping an open mind and enquiries are still ongoing. If anyone has any concerns, worries or information, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.
"We understand that these kind of incidents are very concerning for you, parents, and children. It is important to stay alert but not alarmed, remind children that they should not get into anyone’s car or go with anyone they do not know, and to report the incident to us or an adult as soon as possible as this will help us deploy officers to the area more quickly."
Regents Park Community College told parents that no incidents have been reported to the school.
The school added: "Please remind your child to remain cautious and aware of risks in travelling to and from school, particularly as the evenings become more dark. Students walking to school together may feel safer and any student who has concerns should report these immediately.
"Students can return to school for support if they are worried on leaving site. If any child feels in danger then please make sure your child is aware of how to make an emergency call using 999."
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