Avon and Somerset Police are investigating after they had four reports of schoolboys being contacted online by someone using the profile of a similarly-aged girl.
It’s understood the boys, all from North Somerset, were contacted through Facebook between Tuesday 21 April and Friday 24 April.
The messages contained inappropriate sexual references, including an image of a semi-clothed girl, and the boys were asked to share images of themselves.
Officers were alerted by the 12-year-olds’ concerned parents on Saturday 25 April.
The police have issued advice for parents about online safety here:
Anyone whose children have been sent similar messages is being asked to contact police.
The key online safety messages for children are:
- Don’t make friends online with someone you don’t know in real life
- Don’t give out personal information or contact details online
- Don’t tell people where you are going to be
- Never arrange to meet in person someone you have met online
- If you’re worried by something you’ve seen online, tell a parent, carer or teacher – or you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111
A 10 year old boy has been taken to hospital after a fall at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Emergency crews were called out at 5 o'clock yesterday after the boy fell ten feet down steps. Ropes and a stretcher were used to rescue him and he was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital with a suspected head injury and a broken leg.
A scheme to build a huge reservoir in Somerset has moved a step closer after being approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The £125m storage facility would be built close to the existing Cheddar reservoir to meet increasing demand for supplies.
Bristol Water needs final approval from Ofwat before the plans can go ahead. The industry regulator is due to consider the scheme in the autumn. But it could take another year or two before work starts. Archaeologists are currently sweeping the site in advance of any construction work.
A spokesman for Bristol Water said: "The company believes that the reservoir, if built, will provide a much needed new source of water in Somerset - as well as being of enormous long term recreational and conservation benefit."
*CGI video from Bristol Water shows how the reservoir might look.
The plan to build a major new reservoir at Cheddar in Somerset is reaching a key stage. The second phase of public consultation begins today. Bristol Water says a new one is needed to cope with a rise in demand over the coming decade. The reservoir is expected to cost around £100 million.
The late spring has meant a later strawberry crop than usual, with growers struggling to fill supermarket shelves. But the later crop does have at least one upside: it means the slower-growing strawberries are sweeter than usual.
David Woodland's been to Somerset's famous strawberry hotspot, the Cheddar Valley.
A second man has discovered he is related to the so-called Cheddar Man. Australian Craig Dent took a DNA test to help trace his family tree. He found it matched the 9,000-year-old skeleton. Mr Dent visited Somerset where he met the first man to find a link - Adrian Targett.
And a lucky student from Cheddar in Somerset has landed his dream summer job. Seb Smith successful applied to be 'water-slide tester' for a holiday company. He beat off competition from 2,000 applicants.
Seb will now spend six months travelling the world to ride and rate slides in exotic locations.
The first reservoir to be built in Britain this century is planned for Somerset. Bristol Water wants the £100 million development to go next to the existing one in Cheddar.
People living in the area are being asked for their views as our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland reports.
As the consultation period opens on Bristol Water's plans for a second reservoir in Cheddar, our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland caught up with people visiting the existing one. He asked them what they think of the scheme, which includes an aerial walkway, cafe and swimming area.
A consultation begins today on a second reservoir in Cheddar. Bristol Water wants to spend £100 million building on land next to the current one. The company says it is needed as more people move into the area.