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Warning after children approached in Suffolk

Police are advising parents and children in the Great Cornard area, near Sudbury in Suffolk, to be vigilant after a number of incidents were reported of children being approached.

On Thursday afternoon a man approached a 10-year-old boy whilst he was walking along The Drift.

On the same afternoon, two 11-year-old boys and a 12-year old girl were followed in the same area, and a 9 year-old boy later reported a man jumping out of bushes as he walked along Hartest Way.

Police are investigating whether any of the incidents are linked.

We have arranged for officers to patrol key areas around school times in the morning and afternoon and will be working closely with local schools to ensure pupils are aware of the risks of walking alone. While we do not want residents to be alarmed we would ask that parents remain vigilant, children walk to and from school in groups and if anyone sees anyone acting suspiciously to call police immediately.

– Inspector Paul Crick, Suffolk Police

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National Trust announces free weekend

National Trust venues across the region are opening their doors for free as part of its 50 things to do before you're 11¾ campaign Credit: ITV Anglia

National Trust venues across the region are opening their doors for free as part of its campaign, 50 things to do before you're 11¾ which aims to encourage children to enjoy outdoor pursuits.

The Trust has published a list of 50 things to do before you're 12, including building a den, skimming a stone, making a mud pie and flying a kite.

Venues across the region will have free entry on April 21 and April 22.

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