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Man tries to grab young girl after following her to school

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Police have issued a warning to schools in the Corsham area after a man tried to grab a young girl at a school this morning (3 February).

The man followed the Year 7 student to school and tried to grab her arm once she was on school grounds.

She was between the Astro turf pitch and the entrance to the school, next to a bike shed, when the incident happened at about 8.30am.


  • white
  • aged 30
  • 5'7"
  • thin build
  • dark medium length, unkempt hair
  • mustard coloured zipped hoodie
  • spoke with local accent

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference 010292.

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Inquest rules tragic drowning of 4-year-old boy 'accidental'

Harley Barnes with his mum, dad and their two dogs Lenny and Trev. Credit: Wiltshire Police

An inquest has ruled the death of a 4 year-old boy who drowned in a pond in Gastard was accidental.

The coroner assessed that Harley Barnes either climbed over a gate or opened it to get to the pond at his grandparents' stables in Wiltshire. It's thought he was trying to help feed the horses.

The toddler disappeared on the morning of July 28 this year before he was found unconscious. He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but he could not be resuscitated.

Family pay tribute to 4-year-old found in Wiltshire pond

Harley Barnes with his mum and dad. Credit: Wiltshire Police

The family of a 4-year-old boy, Harley Barnes, who died after being found unconscious in a pond in Gastard have paid tribute to him today.

Wiltshire Police were called to a property in the village near Corsham last month, following a call from the emergency services.

He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but he could not be resuscitated.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

We are absolutely devastated by the sudden loss of our beautiful son, grandson, nephew and cousin, Harley Barnes.

We would like to thank everybody for their love and support over the last week.

We would also like to ask people to respect our privacy at this very difficult time.

– Vaughan and Barnes families
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