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Powerful words of a fearful mum

PUBLISHED: 19:12 25 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:43 03 March 2010

FELIXSTOWE dinner lady Jane Prentice today opened her heart in a powerfully poignant letter to express her fears for her children's safety.

The emotionally-charged words of Mrs Prentice conveys the depth of her concern after a spate of alleged accostings involving youngsters.

FELIXSTOWE dinner lady Jane Prentice today opened her heart in a powerfully poignant letter to express her fears for her children's safety.

The emotionally-charged words of Mrs Prentice conveys the depth of her concern after a spate of alleged accostings involving youngsters.

Mrs Prentice, 32, who lives with her fiance Tim Barret, and her nine year old twin sons Lewis and Lawrence, moved to the town from London to get an improved quality of life and let the boys grow up somewhere they would be safe.

Since the young son of one of her friends was allegedly accosted on a nearby housing estate, she is no longer sure she has made the right decision:

Here we print the full text of her letter:

Dear Evening Star

I am writing to you with regards to the reports of children being approached in the Felixstowe area.

I am myself a mother of two nine-year-old boys and I now feel our streets are no longer safe for our children to play. Other mothers from the local schools are changing working hours just so they can ensure that their children arrive safely through the school gates.

The daily trip to the sweet shop is now always with adult in hand.

As for weekends my children are now prisoners in our home until we can arrange for people who we know or family we can depend upon to be near them.

I feel that the police force in Felixstowe is not doing enough to rid our seaside town of the sick scum who prey on the innocent.

They promised increased patrols to which we have not noticed any difference. It's not a choice of if but more to the point of when.

There will be a mother and family waiting for bad news and our town will become a place of sadness and of fear. Maybe then we will see more police walking the beat, checking out vehicles. Random spot checks would be a great excuse to maybe help find these individuals or should I say every mother's nightmare, because that is what they are to us.

Let's see the police show the mothers and fathers of Felixstowe that they are doing everything they can to find these people before it's too late.

JANE PRENTICE,

Mill Lane,

Felixstowe.

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