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Vigilance advice after Kingston pupil 'common assault'

A school in the south London borough of Kingston has written to parents asking them to be vigilant after an allegation of common assault on a child.

Christ Church New Malden Primary School wrote to parents after a child was approached on Friday morning, the father of a pupil told the BBC.

The Metropolitan Police said three alleged attempted abductions were being investigated but not linked.

They confirmed the latest allegation in Elm Road, New Malden.

'Anxious week'

The force said an alleged common assault happened at about 08:00 BST on Friday but the child was not injured.

The police said it was not being linked with any other incident in the borough and officers from Kingston are investigating.

The first allegation was reported on 17 May by Grand Avenue Primary school in Surbiton; the second report was of a man acting suspiciously close to Green Lane Primary school in Worcester Park on 21 May while the third was in the grounds of Knollmead Primary School in Tolworth on the same day.

David Campanale, whose child goes to New Malden Church of England Primary School, said: "There is considerable anxiety at the school gate."

He said he received a letter from the school to parents on Friday afternoon which said: "We have reported an incident to the local police involving a junior pupil on the way to school this morning who was approached by a stranger.

"The child concerned is fine. Police responded promptly and are continuing their investigation."

The letter also urged parents to be "particularly vigilant on the way to and from the school".

Mr Campanale said: "There is increased awareness among parents about the safety of their children.

"We welcome the stronger presence of police at and around the school gates."

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