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Redbridge Council warns borough’s schools after woman behaves suspiciously at South Woodford nursery

PUBLISHED: 18:12 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18 22 November 2016

Churchfields Junior School, in Churchfields, South Woodford, a woman acted suspiciously while trying to pick up a child from the nursery and infants school. Picture: Google

Churchfields Junior School, in Churchfields, South Woodford, a woman acted suspiciously while trying to pick up a child from the nursery and infants school. Picture: Google

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Redbridge Council has sent out a warning to all of the borough’s schools after a woman behaved suspiciously while trying to pick up a child from Churchfields Nursery.

In an email, seen by the Recorder, a council staff member states at 3.30pm yesterday a woman came into the foyer at the nursery in Churchfields, South Woodford, and asked for a child.

She could not give a surname and was asked to wait outside, but instead proceeded to the Infants School.

The women then approached the playground and asked for the whereabouts of a child with a different name in Year 1.

The email states: “As we do not have a child of that name the staff directed her to the office.

“The staff asked her for a surname and she did not know although she said she was his grandmother.”

The woman then left the school premises.

The email, sent to every school in the borough, describes the woman as black, tall and possibly in her 60s with short hair with some grey.

A council spokesman said: “We would reassure parents that school staff are vigilant and trained to protect children and there is no cause for widespread concern.”

He continued: “The safety of children is of paramount importance to the council, our schools and early years settings.

“We always seek to ensure that our methods to safeguard children are incredibly robust.

“Therefore whenever we receive information of suspicious activity we move quickly to inform local schools and nurseries so they can be best prepared. We have also informed the police of these incidents.”


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