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Police head back to class to chat to school pupils about personal safety

Posted on 28th November 2013

Officers from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team headed out on the beat to chat to youngsters at Harpur Hill Primary School about personal safety.

The policing team visited the school on Thursday, November 28 as part of a reassurance visit following the robbery in Buxton earlier in the week where children were involved.

PCSO Linda Cook from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Following the serious robbery in the area at the start of the week, it was very important that we went into the school to chat to the kids to reassure them that the offence was extremely unusual for our area.

“We spoke to the children about staying safe when out and about and also spoke to them about the role that we play to help keep their community safe.”

The officers also spoke to the children about the small number of reported sightings of a person dressed up as a clown in the Buxton area.

Sergeant Jon Lloyd who leads the Buxton and Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Although there have only been two reports of somebody wearing a clown costume in the Buxton area and on Facebook; we would really like to reassure the children as we can see that it is causing distress.

“What may seem like a fun joke to one person is upsetting others and it appears to come off the back of a social media storm.

“I would recommend to the person that is responsible for this to consider their actions, however dressing up as a clown is not a criminal offence.”

Officers will be increasing patrols in the area to help to reassure local residents.

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