Police escort for school children after Denaby sex attacks

(l-r) Pat Williams, of Doncaster Council, school pupil Connor Crookshank, parents Diane Rothery and Sharon Pederson with council worker Jonathan Exley have started a walking school bus in the Denaby area for local school children after a series of sex attacks in the area. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Pat Williams, of Doncaster Council, school pupil Connor Crookshank, parents Diane Rothery and Sharon Pederson with council worker Jonathan Exley have started a walking school bus in the Denaby area for local school children after a series of sex attacks in the area. Picture: Andrew Roe

Youngsters are being given a police escort on their morning walk to school amid safety concerns in a village where a sexual prowler is on the loose.

About 20 pupils walk in convoy through Denaby Crags, flanked by parents and police community support officers, each morning as they make their way to De Warenne Academy in Conisbrough.

The ‘walking bus’ has been organised by concerned community leaders after a spate of eight sexually-motivated attacks in the area since February.

The latest attack happened last week and police are understood to have fixed CCTV overlooking the Crags in a bid to catch the perpetrator in the act.

Mum-of-three Sharon Pederson, 45, of Denaby, vice-chair of Crags Corner Tenants and Residents Association, said: “We were all very concerned about what was happening. Whoever was doing this didn’t seem to have any type, they were targeting random people from what we can see.

“The children’s safety must be paramount and the walking bus is a great way to help ensure that. We walk with them and the PCSOs keep an eye out along the Crags for anyone acting suspiciously.”

She advised that people should not walk through the Crags alone.

She added: “I would advise youngsters to join our group and walk to school in a safe manner.

“Try and avoid walking through the Crags if you are not with us, but if you have no choice don’t go through there alone, go in a big group.”

For more information about the walking bus visit the Crags Corner Facebook page.