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Man and woman arrested on suspicion of child neglect

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A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after a young boy walked into a country pub on his own on March 19.

It happened at the King's Head in Birdwood, near Huntley, Gloucestershire, at about 9pm, and police were alerted.

One witness said there was a heavy police presence in the village for much of the night after the youngster turned up.

A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: "We were called at just after 9pm last night after a young child wandered into a pub in Birdwood.

"Officers attended and then visited the family home.

"A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of child neglect and remain in custody this morning.

"The child was taken into protective custody while inquiries continue."

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Police: 'Stranger Danger' safety guide for children

Police are urging parents to review 'Stranger Danger' advice with their children after a suspicious incident in Cheltenham, where a young girl was offered sweets by a man in a car.

They've issued the following advice, and you can review all their safety guidelines here:

Strangers come into our lives every day, in shops, in parks and where you live. Usually, they are normal, harmless people, but some may not be and may want to hurt children.

It's not always easy to tell who is a good stranger and who is a bad stranger. Just because someone looks scary, doesn't mean he or she is dangerous. And a nice-looking stranger is not always a good person.

– Gloucestershire Police website

To stay safe:

  • do not go off anywhere with a stranger or get in a car with one
  • do not take things, such as sweets, money or gifts, from a stranger
  • never play near public toilets
  • do not go off on your own; always play with other children and be back home before it gets dark
  • if you are frightened by a stranger, go straight home and tell a parent or carer. If you can't run home, tell a safe stranger. Safe strangers are people you can go to for help if you need it, such as police officers, firefighters, teachers or an adult that you know well
  • remember, most strangers are good. You don't have to worry about strangers if you follow the rules to stay safe
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