Fears over child safety near schools

LOCAL parents are concerned after being told that a child returning home from school was approached by two men who allegedly asked him to get into their car.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said the alleged incident occurred Thursday December 2 at 3.50pm, on Elm Drive, close to both Beaumont School and Oakwood Primary School.

Two teenagers apparently approached the boy and asked him whether he wanted a lift to McDonald’s. They were described as two white men, one of whom was wearing a dark hoodie, and were driving a dark green car. When the boy refused their request, the pair drove towards Hazelwood Drive.

The spokeswoman said the child “did the right thing by not going into the car, and telling his parents straight away.”

Pupils in the area alerted each other about the incident via Facebook. If you have further information phone police on the non emergency number: 0845 33 00 222, quoting reference number “600” (December 2, 2010).