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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.”


Woman with four young children kicked in face and robbed

Police are investigating after a 32-year-old woman was attacked and robbed in North Street, Horsham, shortly before 5pm on Wednesday (22 May).



The victim, accompanied by her four young children, had bent down to pick up some shopping that had fallen from a baby buggy.

A man who initially appeared to be helping her then kicked her in the face and made off with a bag containing food and tobacco.

He was described as white, in his mid 20s, with a patchy beard. He was wearing a black baseball cap, ripped green t-shirt, a cream jacket, dark jeans and dirty white trainers.

He smelt strongly of alcohol and body odour.

His victim was left bruised and shaken.

Anyone who saw what happened or who noticed or knows the suspect, is asked to contact Sussex Police online ( or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1132 of 22/05.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, either online or by phoning 0800 555 111.

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