Warning letters sent to Bradford parents after men seen taking photos of children (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Men seen taking photos of children in school playground and in garden
Warning letters have gone out to parents in Bradford after reports of men taking photographs of children.
One incident is said to have involved a man taking photos of children in a school playground.
The second incident was reported as a man photographing youngsters in their garden.
Child protection officials from Bradford Council sent out a warning about the incidents to schools in the district, urging staff and parents to be vigilant.
At least one primary school, in Eccleshill, has sent warning letters to parents as a result.
The letter states: “The authority has informed us there has been an incident of a man taking photos of children at break time at one of our district’s primary schools.”
The letter adds: “A parent has experienced an incident of a male taking photos of her children in their garden at home.
“All staff are aware of these incidents and will also be extra vigilant while your children are at school.”
One headteacher in the city said: “It was a child protection warning because of an incident at a particular school. All schools in Bradford have had emails saying there was an incident of taking a photo in a playground.
“I understand that person has been dealt with by police.”
Councillor Ralph Berry (Lab,Wibsey), in charge of children’s and young people’s services on Bradford Council, said he had been notified about the warning, which was information discussed between police and child protection.
He said: “It sounds like normal practice to make sure people are aware, without creating panic.”
Neither Bradford Council, nor West Yorkshire Police, were able to provide any information, or a comment, about the incidents or warnings.