Woman trespassed from Christchurch school

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 18:04 21/11/2012

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A woman has been trespassed from a Christchurch school after refusing to leave its grounds.

But it is not the first time the woman, who is known to police and schools in the area, has been trespassed.

She is awaiting sentencing for three counts of wilful trespass, as well as a charge of unlawfully being in yard and threatening behaviour, and four counts of common assault.

Police were yesterday called to Thorrington School just after 3pm when the woman refused to leave the grounds.

School principal Christine Harris said the woman was recognised by a staff member from a photo police released to schools in the area after the woman refused to leave Somerfield School earlier this year.

Harris approached the woman, who was sitting on a bench watching the children, and asked her to leave.

"She said, 'No, I'm not doing anything wrong'. I could see there was no point in trying to have a conversation and signalled to a staff member to call the police.

"I followed her where ever she went and made sure she didn't interact with any children."

She was escorted from the grounds by police moments later, Harris said.

The woman was unable to come within 100 metres of the school for two years, she said.

The school sent an email to parents yesterday alerting them to the incident.

Senior Sergeant Rob Patterson said the woman, who often wandered through the area, was a "concern".

"Police are aware of her and are working to mitigate any risks," he said.

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