Police warn parents about ‘suspicious’ man who approached girl as she walked to school in Exmouth

Parents have been warned against letting their children walk home alone after a schoolgirl was approached by a stranger in Exmouth on Monday morning (December 6).

Mums and dads have been sent messages by schools in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton, alerting them that a man was seen acting suspiciously in the Moorfield Road area of Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, which is close to Marpool Primary School.

At around 8.45am, the man approached the child, who made her way to safety before her family alerted police.

Police have described the man as wearing a black jacket and red top; he was carrying a can of drink and holding a cigarette.

One parent from Budleigh, with a six-year-old boy, said she was sent a message from her child’s school telling her not to allow her son to walk home unaccompanied.

The mum-of-one, from Budleigh Salterton, confirmed she had received a school alert about a suspicious man seen outside a school in Exmouth.

The woman, who did not want to give her name, said: “I had an alert about a suspicious male outside an Exmouth school.

“Police are advising kids not to walk home alone.

“To think that some sort of predatory weirdo is loitering outside a school is very unsettling.

“But it is reassuring that the police are aware and hopefully heightened vigilance will mean everyone keeps safe.”

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police have been made aware of an incident which is reported to have taken place on Moorfield Road at around 8.45am this morning, 6 December.

“It was reported that a child was approached by a man, who was unknown to her, and attempted to speak to her.

“The child and made her was to safety and the matter was reported to police.”

The spokeswoman added: “The man was described as wearing a black jacket, red top and was carrying a can of drink and holding a cigarette.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 240 6/12/21.

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