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Lambeth police warn parents after spate of attempted child abductions

Police in Lambeth have issued a warning to parents after three attempted child abductions took place in the past week.

Detectives are investigating three separate reports of a man or men approaching school children and suggesting the children go with them.

Police say they are are linking the incidents based on the similarities of all three but at this stage do not have an accurate description of any suspects.

  • The first incident occurred on Thursday, 15 January at around 5pm on Sancroft Street, SE11, where a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man.
  • The second incident took place on Tuesday, 20 January at around 07.20am on Kennington Lane, SE11. An 11-year-old girl was approached by two men believed to be driving a white car.
  • The third incident happened today around 08.30am, also on Kennington Lane, where a 16-year-old girl was approached by a man.

Police have increased patrols in the area and say they have been talking to local schools. They are asking parents to be extra vigilant and to report any concerns immediately.

Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.

I understand that the community will be concerned about these recent incidents and I want to reassure parents and carers that we are treating this extremely seriously.

– Chief Inspector Nick Collins, Lambeth Police

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Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something

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