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PUBLISHED: 14:03 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:36 25 August 2010

DEMANDING SECURITY: Worried mums, Lee Karnovski, Natalie Sampson, Jacqui Rose.    Picture by Andy Barnes

DEMANDING SECURITY: Worried mums, Lee Karnovski, Natalie Sampson, Jacqui Rose. Picture by Andy Barnes

NEARLY 4,000 worried parents have joined a Facebook campaign demanding they are better informed of the dangers to their children – following reports of attempted child abductions. Parents across north Kent have joined the group Keep the Schoolchildren of

NEARLY 4,000 worried parents have joined a Facebook campaign demanding they are better informed of the dangers to their children - following reports of attempted child abductions.

Parents across north Kent have joined the group Keep the Schoolchildren of Kent Safe on the social networking site, created to raise awareness of the accostings.

Police renewed an appeal for information about four incidents, believed to be linked, involving children aged eight to 11, in Dartford, Northfleet and Joyden's Wood, near Bexley between January 13 and 30.

All reports were of a white man in his 30s, driving a silver car, stopping pupils on their way to or from school.

In each case the man drove off without causing harm.

But parents are angry that the education authority, Kent County Council did not alert them all to the dangers.

A KCC spokesperson has said it followed protocol by informing headteachers, in the Dartford and Gravesham boroughs, on January 29, who then decide whether or not to inform parents.

Jacquie Rose founded the group, which had 3,700 members as the Times went to press and is calling for a policy change at KCC whereby all parents are instantly notified of any dangers to their children.

Many schools either delayed sending letters to parents or did not send any, reasoning that they don't want to spread panic.

Mrs Rose said: "For them to think that we are going to create panic is

absurd. We just want our children to be aware."

We trust our kids to be sensible and the council should trust us to act on the information in a responsible manner."

Kent Police have made the unprecedented move of posting regular updates on the Facebook site, with the first post going up last Saturday.

Lee Karnovski, from Gravesend, who co-founded the group, has three children aged seven, 11 and 12, attending schools in the borough.

The 36-year-old said: "Schools say they don't want to scaremonger, well do they not think our children will be more scared when they are approached out of the blue by a man like this.

"Of course they're going to be scared, but we have to just accept that."

Colette Jebb, of Leydenhatch Lane, Hextable, whose two grandchildren, both aged 13, attend Hextable school.

She said: "I am disgusted at what is happening. It is a bit on the sick side.

"Of course I am very worried for my grandchildren. Kids are not safe in this

world with people like that around. But you have to let them grow up and not keep them hidden in doors.

"I am glad I know what to look out for now, I will keep my eyes open."

Call Kent police on 01474 366180, or on 01474 366 098 or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


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