You may be aware of an attack in our local area upon a young person last evening. I will be speaking to pupils this afternoon about how to stay safe and vigilant and I have received the following advice from police. They advise parents not to change their existing plans for the end of the day.
Advice to schools in Exmouth following yesterday’s violent assault of a child in Exmouth.
Devon and Cornwall Police Major Crime Team are currently in the Brixington area of Exmouth following a violent assault of a 10-year-old girl in the Marley Road area yesterday afternoon, Thursday 4th October.
The child has been taken to hospital where she is receiving the expert medical care and treatment she needs, supported by specialist officers from our Public Protection Unit, and of course her family.
This is clearly a serious and rare event for the area and police are putting significant resources to this investigation.
This will mean that there will be a high police presence in and around Exmouth as part of our investigation and to help offer public reassurance and that there is no need for pupils to leave school early, but we do ask that all in the area consider the following:
There is no need to change immediate school pick-up plans this afternoon.
Please be reassured there are significant police resources in Exmouth today.
· We would encourage that parents, teachers and guardians have a conversation with your children in relation to what has happened, make sure they remain aware and vigilant.
· Please avoid speculation including via social media, as this may lead to further upset for others including the family
· If you have any information in relation this matter then please call 101, and feel free to speak to any officer you see in the area if you need further reassurance.
We are working hard to locate the person responsible, and it is vital that the above safety messages are discussed with children in the area.
For the latest updates and information, please see the Devon and Cornwall police website, we will also issue updates via our twitter page @DC_police and our main facebook page.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting log 636 for the 4th of October.
We thank you for your assistance during this time.