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VIDEO: Girl 'approached by stranger' in Bude

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:26pm 22nd February 2018. (Updated at 2:17pm 22nd February 2018)

A warning has gone out to parents in Bude after a girl was reportedly approached by a stranger on a pathway.

It happened behind Primrose Road back in October last year, but police are only now asking for information.

Officers also want to know about any other reports of teenagers being approached in the area.

One local school shared the appeal online, and it is being reported that a text went out to mums and dads with children at Budehaven Community School.

Bude Junior School posted on Facebook: "Police at Bude are keen to hear from anyone regarding an investigation into a male who approached a female on the path behind Primrose Road (leading from Bude F.C.) in October 2017.

"Police are also interested to hear of any other reports of teenagers being approached in this area.

"Please contact 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk with any information quoting ref no: CR/113040/17

"With thanks, Bude Police."

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Officers are investigating allegations of a teenager being approached on the path behind Primrose Road in Bude during October 2017.

"If anyone was in the area during those evenings and has any information that could assist police with their inquiries please contact police on 101 quoting log number CR/113040/17."

What should I teach my children about stranger danger?

"Don't talk to strangers" is advice that was drummed into us when we were growing up - but experts say, actually, it may not be absolutely right.

Police, urging parents to talk to their children, say youngsters should walk home together in pairs (or more) and with a fully charged phone.

Peter Bradley from children's charity Kidscape warns against telling children that all strangers are threats.

Because one day, if you are separated, it could be a stranger that helps reunite you.

He said: "A child should know that if they're in trouble or if they're in danger they should go to a uniformed person such as a policeman or policewoman - or to go into a local shop and ask the shopkeeper for help.

"So we haven't got to make children afraid of adults".

 

The charity says there are three things that children should be taught to do if they are worried or scared by a stranger...

Yell - To attract attention

Run - Away from danger

Tell - An adult immediately

If you are on holiday or staying somewhere away from home, it also recommends giving your child an identity bracelet with your mobile number one - so it is easy for people to help get them back to you quickly and safely.

What to do if you are being followed:

  • Keep Calm

If you see a potential stalker in the rearview mirror, don’t slam on the gas to rush away from them as a knee-jerk reaction. On the contrary, it’s better to slow down because it gives you time to think things through. Personal security expert Robert Siciliano suggests driving to a police station or other authority office if you suspect someone is following your car. If you’re on foot, stop to look at a store window or tie your shoes, all while staying aware of your surroundings. Use that time to gather your thoughts, do a little deep breathing, and take stock of what’s happening around you.

  • Pay Attention

We do a lot of things on auto-pilot. How many times have you driven home only to pull into your driveway and realise you don’t recall the last three turns you made? If you think someone’s stalking you, make it a point to be extra observant.

This is doubly true if you feel like it’s an ongoing issue. Don’t play on your phone while taking a stroll or zone out behind the wheel. Instead, keep an eye out for things that are out of place. Make note of pedestrians you pass, especially if someone pops up repeatedly. Look for cars making all the same turns you’re making.

  • Mix Things Up

People make wrong turns all the time, but it’s rare for two people to make the same wrong turn at the same time. If you sense someone’s following you, try a short detour. Turn away from your destination, and then double back. This works as well on foot as it does in the car. If a potential stalker mimics your maneuver, your suspicions may be warranted. If this happens, head to a public place or police station.

  • Go Where the People Are

Instead of walking home, go into a busy coffee shop. If you’re in your car, drive to a full parking lot, like one at a mall or large shopping center, and go shopping. Crowds can help deter stalkers from continuing to follow you or approaching you, as there are too many witnesses around. If you return to your car, make sure you aren’t walking alone. Speak with a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car. Be sure to check inside and under the car before you get in and always keep your doors locked.

  • Break Out Your Phone

There are several apps build specifically for personal safety, like bSafe or Canopy. Both offer a host of personal safety features and are available for Android and iOS. You can alert authorities with these apps if you’re in trouble, so they’re great tools to have on your phone.

Kitestring is another excellent mobile tool. Kitestring is an SMS-based service that gives you a simple way to set up automated check-ins, alerting a friend if you don’t respond. As there’s no app to download, it works with any SMS-enabled mobile phone.

Even if you don’t have access to a personal safety service, you can still use your phone. Call a friend or family member, tell them where you are, and stay on the phone with them until you feel comfortable.

  • Call the Police

If you feel you are in immediate danger, don’t hesitate to contact the police. Calling 999 or the non-emergency police 101 line are always options, as it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Whether you’re walking or driving and feel you’re being followed, it’s important to stay safe. Keep these tips in mind and use them to help you protect yourself from any stalkers.

Source: Safewise

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