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Police Advice Awareness of Strangers

Published on 11/12/14

11 December 2014

I have had contact from Mark Runacres today, Neighbourhood Police Inspector for North Bristol Police. He has given permission for me to share the information below.


Police have received reports of seven incidents across North Bristol where pupils on their journey to or from school have been approached by a stranger (usually in a vehicle) who has sought to engage them in conversation, often offering them a lift.  Descriptions of the suspect are mixed, so it is unclear whether the incidents are connected but the available information is being investigated further to establish any links.

The first of the reported incidents occurred on November 20th but there have been six since the beginning of December.  The incidents have been in the Southmead, Henbury, Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston areas of the City and the pupils subject to the approach have been aged in their mid-teens.  It is pleasing to be able to report that on each occasion the pupil approached has not entered into conversation with the stranger and has made their way to a place of safety and alerted a parent or teacher.


These incidents came to our attention last Friday, since when additional patrols have been arranged in the vicinity of North Bristol schools at the appropriate times.

Between now and the end of term, any suspicious activity that could be linked to these concerns should be reported via 999.  Non-urgent information can be reported on 101, online or direct to a police officer /PCSO."

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns.

Yours sincerely


Dr Helen Holman