Abduction warnings circulating

POLICE are aware of an email and text messages circulating in Rockhampton warning of suspicious people loitering around schools following an alleged incident earlier this week.

Rockhampton police Child Protection and Investigation Unit officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot yesterday said officers were "making certain avenues of inquiry" relating to information contained in the email.

Snr Sgt Elliot urged parents and students to be careful, as always.

The email says it's feared "the people in the white van who were trying to abduct kids from around schools before the holidays are still around".

Three separate incidents at schools in North Rockhampton early last month prompted a warning from police, urging extra vigilance.

The latest concern comes as students across Queensland take part in Day for Daniel activities today, which promotes the protection and safety of children.

The day is the idea of the Daniel Morecombe Foundation.

A spokesman for Education Queensland yesterday said the department was aware that students from The Hall State School contacted police this week with claims they had been followed while walking home from school.

The principal at the school referred the matter to police.

The school has also notified parents.

The circulating email says: "I have just been speaking to my mum (who is a lollipop lady) who informed me that they believe the people in the white van which were trying to abduct kids from around the schools before the holidays are still around.

"There was an incident yesterday afternoon at The Hall School where an indigenous man as well as another man were parked in a van with another gentleman with blonde curly hair and keys around his neck was on foot loitering around the school.

"There were three young kids who told one of mum's colleagues not to let the blonde man into the school as he was a drug dealer and his name was Toby.

"She said the kids were noticeably scared and she told them to quickly go home...

"The gentleman on foot tried to cross the road, but couldn't because of the traffic.

"When these kids got home their mum called the police and they have been interviewed, however they didn't tell the police officer about knowing the name, so the police lady was going to be re-interviewing them this morning.

"Therefore please inform anyone you know with kids to be careful around schools as obviously something is still going on."

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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