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Facebook grooming claim at Norfolk school 'unfounded'

PUBLISHED: 15:02 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:02 18 June 2013

Police say claims that attempts were being made to groom children via Facebook were unfounded.

Police say claims that attempts were being made to groom children via Facebook were unfounded.

Police issued a statement today saying claims that an attempt had been made to groom primary school pupils via Facebook were unfounded.

It said that the incident related to Eastgate Primary School, in King’s Lynn.

Schools across Lynn were alerted in February after children were approached on Facebook by someone claiming to be a former pupil, who wanted to meet up with them.

Staff sent e-mails warning parents and ther police were contacted.

In a statement today, Norfolk police said: “Police have carried out a thorough investigation and are satisfied that there were no sinister intentions behind the Facebook entries.

“It was discovered that the account had in fact, been set up by a child. The child in question has been spoken to and their parents alerted.

“This does however serve as a reminder to all parents to ensure they are fully aware of what their children are doing when using the internet and in particular social media.”

Any parents with concerns about online safety can visit the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s (CEOP) ‘Thinkuknow’ website via the link above.

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