A child has been approached by a stranger just one week after a Thornbury school sent a warning message to parents.

The Castle School wrote a letter to parents requesting they talk to their children about stranger danger following an incident on Wednesday, September 26.

Another incident took place on Wednesday, October 3, when a 14-year-old girl was followed by a man on Bath Road.

Writing on Facebook, the concerned parent explained how her daughter tried to walk quicker to get away from him before he asked her if she wanted to come and have a drink with him.

After she said no he walked away.

“Please tell all your children to be vigilant,” the parent said.

The Castle School’s initial letter read: “Whilst the risk posed by strangers is generally rare, it is important to make our young people aware of simple tips they can follow to keep themselves a little safer.

“The single most important thing to remember when teaching your children about stranger danger is to instill confidence rather than fear.

“Please equip your children with the knowledge and strategies they will need to protect themselves in dangerous situations.

“The stranger danger conversations should be ongoing and adapted to the age of your child(ren).”

The letter also stated that the following message would be given to all students: “Be aware of stranger danger and stay safe.

“Never go off on your own with a stranger, take things from them or get into a car with them.

“Always tell your parent/ carer where you are. If someone scares you, or makes you feel uncomfortable go somewhere safe, which could be your home, your school or a police station, or a busy place like shops where lots of people will be around.

“If a stranger approaches you tell someone what happened straight away.

“Never accept gifts or sweets from a stranger.

“Never go off on your own without telling a parent/ carer or trusted adult.

“Always use the safest route to walk to school avoiding isolated places.”

The school vowed to follow up these messages in assemblies and said students had been provided with advice about how to keep themselves safe.

They also recommended parents check out the following websites: nspcc.org.uk, safety4kids.com and mychildsafety.net.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We were called to reports an unknown man was acting suspiciously in the area but following enquiries no offences had been committed.

“Our neighbourhood team is liaising with the school to remind young people of personal safety and stranger danger messages.”

If a parent or carer has any concerns they should contact both the police and staff at The Castle School.