'Masked' stranger 'hiding in bushes' frightens children in park

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 May 2017

Walford Avenue play park. Photo by Brian Humphries.

Walford Avenue play park. Photo by Brian Humphries.

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A masked stranger hid in bushes by a Worle park and tried to entice two 'frightened' children towards them, a parent has reported.

A concerned mum said someone dressed in black and wearing a white mask frightened her daughter and another child at Walford Avenue Park, which can be accessed from North Worle and St Georges.

Neighbourhood police teams have put on extra patrols in and around the park to reassure residents.

The mum reported how a person was hiding in the bushes behind a climbing frame in the park while her daughter and friend were playing in the park, in Walford Avenue.

She said in a post on Facebook how the stranger then tried to entice the frightened children towards them.

The mum, who said she phoned the police straight away, said: “I hope the person is found sooner rather than later so our children can feel safe and secure once more.”

Parents have said they will be more ‘vigilant’ in light of the incident.

One parent said on Facebook: “We go down there several times a week and haven’t ever seen anything suspicious, but will be vigilant now.”

Another added: “I go there a lot on my own with my son. I won’t be going alone anymore.”

Police are aware of the Facebook post and have carried out reassurance patrols both in the park and the surrounding area.

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