School warning after assault

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Parents and school children have been warned after a teenage girl was assaulted after she walked home from school.

Staff at Nene Park Academy, Oundle Road, Peterborough have told parents of an incident outside the school when a man attempted to grab a young girl at about 3pm on Thursday, June 25.

Although there had been reports of a suspicious male matching the attacker’s description near the school gates a few weeks before the assault, a Cambridgeshire police spokesman said it is believed the assault is an isolated incident.

Officers are working with the school to ensure pupils stay safe on their way to and from school.

Steve Howard, principal at Nene Park Academy, said: “We always advise students to be cautious and go by the most direct, safest, route when walking to and from school.

“Although we believe this to be an isolated incident, we have issued guidance to our students, parents and staff, in partnership with the police, to encourage students to take extra care when walking home.”

Parents were told of the attack via the Parentmail email system this week.

The email, from assistant principal Kevin Hartley said: “The incident involved a male, wearing a grey hoody, approaching two of our students and attempting to grab one of them.

“The description given to the police has now been linked with a separate incident a few weeks ago involving a male wearing a grey hoody, and riding a white bmx bike. In this case no children were approached”

The Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “We are investigating an assault on a school girl which took place on Thursday (June 25) near to the Nene Park Academy in Oundle Road, Orton Longueville.

“The offender, described as a man wearing a grey hooded jumper, approached the victim who was walking home from school with a friend at just after 3pm.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident however officers have stepped up patrols in the area and are working with staff at Nene Park Academy to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their students.”

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Cambridgeshire police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.