Charles Dickens School issues warning after pupil approached by stranger in a van

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Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs has issued a safeguarding warning to parents and carers after a student was approached by a stranger in a white van yesterday (November 27) and asked to get into the vehicle.

The school is asking parents to make their children aware of the incident and for youngsters to be cautious when walking from and to home.

The students are being spoken to at the school today. Police have been informed of the incident.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called at 4.22pm on November 27 to a report a driver of a van spoke with a boy in Broadstairs Road, Broadstairs. No physical contact was made and the boy has not reported being threatened.

“Initial enquiries to establish the full circumstances are under way.”

Anyone who has information that can assist officers is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289  quoting 46/227254/19.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at


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