Police have called for calm after rumours that children on the New Pasture Lane estate were being targeted for kidnapping swept through Bridlington.
One mum on the estate claims that someone hid behind her garden shed last Wednesday evening, picking up on her four-year-old son’s name before trying to lure him out of the garden.
Luckily, said the parent, the child knew not to talk to strangers and did not go with them. A Facebook post warning others has been shared more than 300 times.
A police spokesperson confirmed that only one report had been made, of a person allegedly loitering near a house on Burstall Hill, with officers searching the area for anyone who may have fitted the description.
The spokesperson said that reports on Facebook “may be rumours spiralling and possibly escalating into something the original incident was not reported as” and that “any suggestions of child abduction or kidnap are taken extremely seriously”.
“Please can I add that any suggestion of taking the law in to your own hands is not advisable and again, that is what the police are for,” the spokesperson added. “As the new school term time has started, the regular stranger danger talks have been booked in at all schools in Bridlington and will be taking place in the first few weeks of term.”
Alison Tadman, head teacher at New Pasture Lane Primary School, confirmed she had been made aware of the rumours by parents and said that the school would speak to children about safety yesterday.
Anyone with concerns should call police on the non emergency number 101, or 999 in an emergency.