School stranger alert

Moor Park Avenue, Deepdale pic courtesy of Google street view

Moor Park Avenue, Deepdale pic courtesy of Google street view

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A horrified mum has told how her son was ‘stroked’ by a stranger after being sent home early from school.

A scruffy man, aged about 60, approached the 12-year-old boy on Moor Park Avenue, Deepdale, Preston, close to Moor Park secondary school, as he waited for his friends to finish school.

My son had been sent home for bad behaviour and obviously was reluctant to come straight home because he knew he’d be in trouble

The man, who was pushing a pram full of metal and cans of beer, started up a bizarre conversation, in which he spoke in a posh accent and claimed he had attended Ludlow Grammar school.

The man, described as wearing dirty clothes, then started making racist comments about some pupils. The boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, then said the stranger had started rubbing his chest and legs, saying he had ‘nice trousers’.

It is understood a teacher had seen the man approach the youngster from a classroom window and had started to go out of the building to see what was happening. It happened between 2.30pm and 3pm on Monday September 21.

Preston Police have launched a probe into the allegation and have looked at the school’s CCTV system.

The mum, who can’t be named for legal reasons, said: “ My son had been sent home for bad behaviour and obviously was reluctant to come straight home because he knew he’d be in trouble. The school did inform me and I was waiting for him but was concerned when he didn’t appear. I want other parents and children to be aware of this stranger and want people to come forward if they saw him, especially as there’s a primary school just down road.”

A spokesman for the school said: “We are aware of the incident and it’s being dealt with by the police. They are looking at CCTV. We are a very safe and secure school and treat reports like this very seriously.”

Anyone with information can call 101.