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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Stranger danger fright for pupil

CHILDREN and parents in Calside were left shaken this week after a child was approached by a stranger.

The incident occurred whilst the primary aged child was on their way home from school on Wednesday afternoon when they were approached by a stranger before being rescued by a parent.

Police patrols have been stepped up locally following the incident. And Calside Primary School released a statement to reassure parents, which said: “We are aware of an incident after school yesterday which is concerning to the pupils, parents and staff. The police are aware of this incident and are investigating. The police have asked any parents who have further information to let Mrs Gamble know at school so that this can be collated and passed on.

“Staff will remain vigilant during school and, as usual we will only release children to a known adult, If parents of older children are concerned, we suggest that you arrange for someone to meet them today. If this is the case, please let the office know, and we will pass the message onto your child.”

Yesterday a Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed: “On Wednesday, November 1, we received a report of a man approaching a child on Kirkland Road at Cartha Road, in Dumfries.

“There are no reported injuries.

“Following enquiries, a 42-year-old man was traced by police and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

“There is not believed to be further risk to the public.”

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