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Police warning for children to avoid Romford town centre an “error”

Schools in Romford have been emailed by police with a warning that children should avoid Romford Town Centre after school.

It is understood that a rise in robberies over the last few weeks has led to officers to advise kids that they shouldn’t go into town unless absolutely necessary.

A copy of the email sent to schools in Havering.


But police now say the suggestion that children should avoid the town centre was an “error”.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “Romford Town Centre is a vibrant community hub that many people visit and enjoy every day.

“In recent weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of personal robberies where young people are being targeted.

“In light of this, schools in Havering and surrounding boroughs received an email from the Met Police on [Friday] 20 April which contained crime prevention advice for students.

“It also suggested that young people should avoid the town centre, particularly in the hours after the school day.

“This part of the message was added in error – this advice is disproportionate to the issues in the town centre, and people should not be alarmed.”

Some on social media ridiculed the email.

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