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Girl ‘traumatised’ after being ‘approached by man’ as she walked home from school

December 10, 2021

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A school has warned parents and students to remain vigilant after a girl was allegedly approached by a man while walking home from school.

The Lliswerry High School pupil reports that she was approached by a man not far from the Newport school on Somerton Road in the city.

It comes days after a similar incident where a 14-year-old girl also said she was approached by a man who attempted to touch her arm and her hair. You can read more about that here.

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On that occasion a Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “We received a report of an assault in Somerton Road, Newport at around 10.20am on Thursday, November 18 after a 14-year-old girl was approached by a man.

“The man reportedly spoke to the girl before he attempted to touch her arm and hair, however the girl managed to leave the area unharmed.

“He is described as elderly with grey hair, around 5’ 3” tall and was reportedly wearing a brown jacket with medals on one side.

“Enquiries are ongoing at this time and anyone with information that could assist our investigation, including CCTV or dashcam footage, should call 101, quoting log reference 2100404716.

“You can send us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with details also.”



Lliswerry High School, where headteacher Neil Davies says the school have asked pupils to be vigilant

A 21-year-old, who lives in the area, spoke of a similar incident that happened to her younger sister.

“Today my sister got approached by a middle-aged man on her way home from school,” she wrote on Wednesday, December 1,” she wrote.

“He was following her for a while until he approached her and started asking her personal questions from her name, age, and then went on asking her what her plans were for this evening and complimenting her eyes and her hair.

“My sister told him to leave her alone and said she doesn’t talk to strangers, however he continued to follow her.”

The woman explained that her sister, who is also 14, then went into a local shop where she approached a family she didn’t know.

“She asked them if it was okay if she stayed with them until she felt safe,” Samira said. “It was nearly 4pm and my mum was so worried because she normally comes home before 3.30pm.

“Luckily my mum went looking for her and found her at the shop.

It is unclear whether the incidents are linked. Samira’s sister described the man who allegedly approached her as: “Around 40, bald and wearing a cap.”

“My sister is completely traumatised,” she said. “She has been scared to leave the house alone.

“My sister told her the school had already warned her about it before the incident.”

Lliswerry High School headteacher Neil Davies said: “We have spoken to all year groups to remind them of the dangers that strangers can pose and encouraged them to remain vigilant when walking home from school.

“We have also issued communications to all parents and carers on the matter to update them, and encourage them to talk to their children about staying safe.”

A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “We received a report of suspicious behaviour in Somerton Road, Newport, after a man allegedly approached a girl on Wednesday 1 December between 3.20pm and 3.55pm.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log reference 100 02/12/21.

“You can send us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any details.”



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