Mystery of man who refused to leave Harrogate school

A MAN had to be escorted from a school in Harrogate after refusing to leave in what police describe as a “suspicious incident”.

The man seen leaving St Aidan's High School in Harrogate
The man seen leaving St Aidan's High School in Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police have issued a CCTV image of the man they want to speak to in connection with the incident at St Aidan’s High School on Oatlands Drive on Tuesday.

The man entered the school around 10.15am and refused to leave when he was asked to do so by a member of staff. He was escorted from the property a short time later.

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He did not approach or speak to any of the pupils at the school, police say.

The man is described as white, aged around 30, with light brown hair and having “a chubby face”. At the time of the incident he was wearing a blue shirt and jeans and carrying a black holdall.

Pc Andy Hanson, of North Yorkshire Police’s Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “There may be a perfectly innocent reason that the man entered the school. If this is the case, I urge him to get in touch straight away, so that I can clear the issue up.

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who recognises the man and ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can help identify the man caught on CCTV should contact Harrogate police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Andy Hanson.

Information can be emailed [email protected], or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12140168332.