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School in Cheddar issues 'grooming' warning

School contacted by a parent who raised concerns about a suspect online Facebook profile Credit: Churchill Academy

Churchill Academy in Cheddar has issued a letter to parents warning them about potential inappropriate behaviour via the social networking site Facebook.

It comes after the school was contacted by a parent who raised concerns about a suspect online Facebook profile. Police are now investigating.

We have been contacted by a parent to say that they have a very strong suspicion that some of Churchill Academy’s students have been targeted by a potential ‘Groomer/Paedophile’ on Facebook.

This person claims to be a female aged approximately 13 years of age. She or he is calling themselves Mandy Jackson. We are told they are attempting to befriend mainly boys and trying to arrange to meet up with them. They claim to attend a school in Bristol.

If your son/daughter has been contacted by this person please inform Mrs McKay or their Head of House and, most importantly, please report this to the police and Facebook.

Students have received this information today and the police have been informed and will be investigating this incident. Any suspicious or unusual requests to ‘friend’ a stranger on Facebook needs to be treated with the utmost suspicion.

– Churchill Academy

Evacuated school due to reopen tomorrow

A school evacuated, after more than 25 children fell ill, is due to reopen tomorrow. Emergency Services were called to Manor Primary School at Coalpit Heath this afternoon (July 9th) after children started to suffer from headaches and nausea.

Police talk to parents at the school gates after children sent home Credit: ITV West Country

South Gloucestershire Council says gas safety checks are being carried out as a precaution. The school is due to reopen tomorrow.


School evacuated after children fall ill

A school in South Gloucestershire has been evacuated after several children fell ill during the morning. Emergency services were called to The Manor School in Coalpit Heath just before 2pm this afternoon, including two vehicles from the chemical response unit.

The Manor School in Coalpit Heath has been evacuated this afternoon after a number of children fell ill over the course of the morning. Emergency services are attending the school and parents have been notified. Further updates will be provided when available.

– South Gloucestershire Council