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Police tell parents to remind kids of ‘stranger danger’ after reports of children followed by black car



Sussex Police is investigating two reports of children being followed by a black car on their way home from Leechpool Primary School, Horsham.

The incidents occurred on Tuesday and Thursday (11/13 December) between 3.45pm and 4.20pm when the children were walking home from school or after school clubs.

Horsham Prevention Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said:

“No physical contact was made with the children but one of the children was shouted at by someone in the car.

“I would like to praise the children for their brilliant response and for acting in exactly the right way by not engaging in conversations with anyone in the car, running away and then telling an appropriate adult.

“As a result of these reports, we will be increasing our patrols in the area and I would like to remind all parents or carers of the importance of talking to their children about stranger danger.

“If anyone is seen acting suspiciously in or around the vicinity of a school then this needs to be reported to us either on our non-emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency.”


Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.



Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website:

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