Search icon


15th May 2023

Warning to parents as man ‘tries to kidnap boy from primary school’

Charlie Herbert

The man has apparently been approaching ‘secondary age pupils’ as well

A primary school in Essex has issued a warning to parents after a man allegedly tried to take a young boy from the school grounds.

The incident was said to have happened on the courts at Templars Academy, on Cressing Road, in Witham last Thursday (May 11) where a stranger reportedly approached a young child, EssexLive reports.

The man apparently tried to take the child from the site following the interaction.

This prompted the school to send out a letter to parents the following day, warning them about the situation.

Headteacher Victoria Gooding said in the letter that the man in question has also previously approached “secondary age pupils” and that police are involved.

Templars Academy in Witham in Essex, where a child was approached. (Google Maps)

She wrote: “We have been aware that there was an incident on the Courts where a stranger approached a young child and tried to take him.

“This man was also approaching secondary age pupils. The police are now involved, but we would like to make you aware so that you can be vigilant and ask that you warn your children to be careful, putting in necessary safeguarding precautions.

“Do not hesitate to call the police if you or your children are approached or if you are concerned. Thank you for your support.”

Essex Police has yet to comment on the matter.

Templers Academy caters to children aged two to 11, with more than 340 pupils currently in attendance.  

Related links:

Woman, 61, and man, 64, arrested after woman found dead in her Surrey home

Female charity worker killed after being stabbed in the neck with broken glass in unprovoked attack