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Nine-year-old boy approached by stranger at Bradford primary school

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A Bradford Primary school has been put on high alert after a pupil was approached by an Asian man at the school gates.

For the second time in less than four months, Cavendish Primary School, on Hall Road, Eccleshill, has been at the centre of a ‘stranger danger’ case as a nine-year-old was reportedly targeted by an unknown man.

The school has sent out cautionary texts to all parents in regard to the case urging them to be vigilant and careful with their children, whilst police have begun an investigation into the report.

PATROL: Neighbourhood Police will patrol the streets outside the school at the start and end of the school day

PATROL: Neighbourhood Police will patrol the streets outside the school at the start and end of the school day

The boy told teachers he was concerned by the man, who he had never seen before, after getting dropped off by his mother at the school gates.

Describing him as Asian, in his mid 30s and balding, teachers immediately checked CCTV for footage of the culprit and informed police immediately, who then commenced a search of the area.

It is not the first time the school has been involved with an apparent abduction case.

In October 2013, a similar case was seen at the school gates when a 61-year-old man was arrested and bailed after grabbing the wrist of a three-year-old girl as she walked with her mother.

PATROL: Neighbourhood Police will patrol the streets outside the school at the start and end of the school day

PATROL: Neighbourhood Police will patrol the streets outside the school at the start and end of the school day

That time the suspect was also alleged to have spoken inappropriately to the girl before fleeing. Police had stressed it was an isolated incident and urged parents not to worry.

Neighbourhood policing team officers will now be patrolling the area at start and end of the school day whilst the investigation continues.

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Planting Roots for success

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Pupils from a Bradford Primary school got a closer look at their soon-to-be new home earlier this week, as children and teachers alike partook in a special tree planting ceremony.

Rainbow Primary School will finally receive the keys to the Nelson Street establishment next week, from builders Kier Northern, as the finishing touches are applied to the school.

SCHOOL: Rainbow Primary School plant a tree marking the completion of their new building in Bradford, pictured with Deputy Lord Mayor Joanne Dodds

SCHOOL: Rainbow Primary School plant a tree marking the completion of their new building in Bradford, pictured with Deputy Lord Mayor Joanne Dodds

The young tree, planted on Tuesday 3rd December, completed the landscaping aspect of the £4million development which will see the children and staff moved from their current premises on Manningham Lane.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Joanne Dodds, was on hand to help with the planting ceremony, whilst also having the special privilege of having an early look at the almost-finished site.

Children from the school’s Council assisted Cllr Dodds and also got a sneak peak at the premises which will cater for 170 pupils in the near-future.

Amjad Pervez, Chair of the Rainbow Schools’ Trust, said: “Planting a tree is a very symbolic act. It demonstrates the great hope we have for this school and these children. We have planted mature trees in the landscaping on the new site, and they will grow and flourish as the Rainbow Free School does.

“This generation, and their children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the beauty and hope they represent.”

The move will bring the children close to the heart of the city centre on a convenient, flat site with its own sports field. The 40-year-old fire brigade HQ has been demolished to make way for a two-storey building with an inspirational prism-shaped room at its heart where children can meet, sit, and chat.

Rainbow Primary is open to all pupils ‘regardless of ethnicity, social background or faith’, and literacy, numeracy and cohesion are high on its curriculum, with no class larger than 25 children. In its latest Ofsted report, the school was rated as ‘Good’ and has been hailed as a ‘flagship free school’ by Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.
Rainbow Primary School their new school building, Bradford. 03.12.13

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