Police increase patrols at school after man’s suspicious act near gates

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Ringwood School
Police were already at Ringwood School for an awareness-raising event (photo: Google)

POLICE will be carrying out patrols at Ringwood School this week after a man acted suspiciously towards a 12-year-old pupil close to the entrance gates.

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Officers got involved after the unknown individual “touched the child’s school bag” as she crossed the Manor Road junction at around 8.15am on Wednesday 11th November, the force told the A&T.

“The child, aged 12, was not injured in any way,” it added.

Ringwood School confirmed the incident involved an “older male”, adding police officers happened to be close by at the school gates at the time.

“This incident happened to coincide with the day that local police officers were at the school gates for an awareness-raising event,” it said.

“The police presence was not related to the incident and the student arrived at school, and after disclosure of the incident, parents and the police were informed.

“This incident is now being investigated by Hampshire Constabulary who will conduct reassurance patrols at the start and end of school this week,” the school added.

Those with any information should contact Hampshire police on 101 quoting reference number 44200436994.

Further information on the prevention of Street Crime is available at www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/violence/stay-safe/

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