School alarm as child, 4, walks out

A SUFFOLK primary school today promised a review its security today after a four-year-old pupil was found wandering alone along a busy main road.In what is every parent's nightmare the youngster unwittingly risked her life by walking out of Trimley St Martin Primary school and was discovered heading towards the A14 dual carriageway.

A SUFFOLK primary school today promised a review its security today after a four-year-old pupil was found wandering alone along a busy main road.

In what is every parent's nightmare the youngster unwittingly risked her life by walking out of Trimley St Martin Primary school and was discovered heading towards the A14 dual carriageway.

The girl, who is not being named, ambled out of the school gates during her lunch break

and headed towards her home in Trimley St Martin.


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The girl turned left out of the school gates and headed towards the A14 footbridge towards her home

in Trimley St Martin, approximately a mile away.

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The four-year-old's mother, who did not wish to be named, said: "Naturally I was extremely upset and angry that my daughter was able to walk free without anybody noticing.

"I am still rather shocked that it happened and frankly it's not good enough.

"You expect a school to be a safe environment for your child but unfortunately this incident has

left me feeling very concerned and anxious. It's every parent's worst nightmare."

The girl, who had decided to make her way home, was spotted walking along the main road in Kirton

by a friend of the family who immediately returned her back to school.

"There were a lot of tears and obviously she was very frightened," said the girl's mother. "It seems she

was very tired and wanted to come home. I am extremely grateful to the man who found her."

Peter Lamb, headmaster at Trimley St Martin, said: "I can confirm that a girl did leave the school during school hours.

"The incident happened during wet play time. The child having left the dining room took a wrong

turn and managed to get outside, became disorientated and didn't know what to do next.

"We have been in touch with the county council and have asked for another risk assessment.

"Security has been stepped up and a letter has been sent to all parents.

"We are making sure the front gates are closed and the younger children now have a supervisor who sees them back to the classroom."

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