Drunk man outside East Lancs primary school sparks rumours of child abduction

Blackburn Citizen: 'Misunderstanding' over abduction rumours at East Lancs school 'Misunderstanding' over abduction rumours at East Lancs school

‘MISUNDERSTANDING’ at an East Lancashire primary school sparked online rumours of an attempted child abduction.

Parents unknowingly posted the half-truth on Facebook to warn others they believed a man had attempted to snatch a child outside a school.

Another post made on Wednesday said: “A couple of guys tried to pick up a kid from nursery in Blackburn today.

“Thank God, the child was off sick. The parents didn’t know the men and now police are involved.”

It was shared by worried parents more than 100 times but, yesterday, police said it was a case of mis-information.

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said an incident reported at Waterfoot Primary School in Rossendale may have been to blame for the viral hearsay.

On Tuesday, a drunken man asked a teacher at the Wolfenden Green school where ‘Tracey’ was.

Staff members, fearing the man was inquiring about a pupil with the same name, called police and the pupil’s mother who was then concerned that a man was trying to abduct her daughter.

A short police enquiry revealed the man was due to meet a pupil’s mother at the school gates and was referring to her when he asked the teacher of ‘Tracey’s’ whereabouts.

The spokeswoman added: “It was all just a bit of a misunderstanding.”

Simon Jones, headteacher at Waterfoot Primary, said “This was a rather peculiar incident involving a man who appeared to be very confused, and was struggling to make himself understood.”

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12:02pm Fri 4 Apr 14

jhartley10 says...

This is a JOKE!
This is a JOKE! jhartley10
  • Score: 8

12:17pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

If this 'Tracey' has any sense she will run a mile from this bloke. Anyone who arranges to meet you at the primary school from where you are picking up your kids and turns up drunk is not worth it. Run, Tracey, run.
If this 'Tracey' has any sense she will run a mile from this bloke. Anyone who arranges to meet you at the primary school from where you are picking up your kids and turns up drunk is not worth it. Run, Tracey, run. Excluded again
  • Score: 18

2:24pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Prob striking teacher anyway
Prob striking teacher anyway ConcernedOssy
  • Score: -2

6:15pm Fri 4 Apr 14

POW WOW says...

Been common knowledge in the Rossendale valley the past 10 months of suspicious characters hanging around school gates !!!!!!!!!!! Half truths or not ....... know what they say........better safe than sorry !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Been common knowledge in the Rossendale valley the past 10 months of suspicious characters hanging around school gates !!!!!!!!!!! Half truths or not ....... know what they say........better safe than sorry !!!!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 2

10:26pm Fri 4 Apr 14

leyton says...

The spokeswoman added: “It was all just a bit of a misunderstanding.”
what a cretin these teachers are lol
The spokeswoman added: “It was all just a bit of a misunderstanding.” what a cretin these teachers are lol leyton
  • Score: -1

11:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

adamdesk says...

over exaggeration and needing publicity
over exaggeration and needing publicity adamdesk
  • Score: -1

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