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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


Gloucestershire Police to be investigated over collapse of university rape trial

Gloucestershire Police are to be investigated over the collapse of a trial where four defendants were accused of rape. Credit: PA Images

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it will investigate Gloucestershire Police after the collapse of the trial of four men accused of raping a woman at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

On the first day of the trial in March the prosecution announced they would offer no evidence and the four male defendants - three of whom were students at the university - were acquitted.

Issues have been raised concerning the police investigation and the disclosure of evidence in preparation for the trial.

The IPCC says it will carefully examine the actions of the officers involved during both the investigation and the pre-trial process.

Police search for 'shot gun' in double Somerset shooting

Police are still searching for Donna and John Broadway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are still searching for two people in connection with a murder in Somerset. 37 year old John Broadway and Donna Broadway, who's 26, are wanted over a fatal shooting at a residential caravan site at Ilton, near Ilminster.

Three other people are already in custody over the death of 50-year-old Wilfred Isaacs, who was shot dead on Thursday evening. Detective Superintendent Andy Bevan says they are now also looking for a shotgun:

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