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Teenage girls approached by men 'acting suspiciously'

Teenage girls approached by men 'acting suspiciously'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:08pm 15th January 2020.

Two teenage girls have reportedly been approached by two men 'acting suspiciously' in Camborne.

Police say they were walking near the Stray Park Road area when it happened on Tuesday night.

The girls were unharmed and managed to get away safely, but were left feeling uncomfortable by the behaviour.

Officers searched the area but nothing was found.

"Police have been informed of two men acting suspiciously near Stray Park Road at around 9pm on Tuesday 14th January.

"Two teenage girls were reported to have been walking when they were approached by two men in a car who spoke to them. 

"They unharmed but were made to feel uncomfortable by the men's behaviour. They made their way to safety where the incident was then reported.

"An officer searched the area but did not locate the vehicle."

Devon and Cornwall Police

What should I teach my children about stranger danger?

The NSPCC has this advice about keeping kids safe away from home:

  • Be prepared: You know that one day the moment will come when your child will want to spread their wings so it makes sense for you both to start preparing for it...
  • Talk about the dangers in advance: Whenever you're out with your child talk about how they think they can keep themselves safe. For example, you could ask them about how they know when it's safe to cross a road, what to do if a stranger starts talking to them or other children start to bully them.
  • Set some rules: Let your child know where they can and can't go and explain why you're setting these rules. You should also tell them a definite time to come home.
  • Build your child's confidence: It's probably a good idea to have a test run before you let them go out on their own for the very first time. Let them lead the way and only step in if they're putting themselves in danger.
  • Make sure you're ready too: Don't be surprised if your child tries to persuade you that they'll be fine to go out alone or with an older brother or sister – but don't be pressurised either. You need to be sure that they'd know what to do if there was no one there to help them, for example if they argued with their brother or sister
  • Keep talking: Even after they start going out on their own, keep discussing safety outside the home with them and remind them of the dangers. It's tempting to just leave them to it but you should still show you're interested in who they're spending their time with and what they're doing. If you do notice anything that doesn't seem quite right – like them being secretive or coming home with new belongings they can't explain – you should definitely look into the reasons why.

You can read more advice from the NSPCC here

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