Collier Row mum’s ‘stalker alert’ Facebook group is hit

�An online group is warning parents in Collier Row about possible dangers to their children.

Mother Julie Major set up the page, on Facebook, to warn other parents in the area after claiming her 13-year-old daughter was followed home from a bus stop on Sunday night.

The page is rapidly gaining in popularity and saw more than 350 people join it in two days.

Julie, 44, said: “I didn’t expect that. I thought it would just be for my friends.

“What happened was my daughter was walking home from the bus stop near our house and as she moved quicker so did he.

“It obviously frightened her and I immediately rang the police.

“I set up the group, thinking it would just be for my friends, and to be honest I’m a bit gobsmacked about how it got so big.”

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Since Sunday other parents have joined the group called ‘keeping our kids safe in Collier Row’.

They have posted information about similar incidents in different parts of the area where young girls have apparently been followed by men fitting different descriptions.

Julie moderates the page, removing unhelpful or potentially dangerous comments, and asks that people only share information that has already been reported to the police.

She is also keen that the group is not turned into a witch hunt against innocent men.

“We’re advising young girls to go out in pairs and be careful. There’s always going to be bad people about but hopefully the group can help stop things happening,” Julie said.

Havering Police are currently investigating allegations of stalking in the area.

A spokesman said: “We would urge any member of the public with knowledge of such incidents to contact Havering Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”