Woman arrested after approaching kids

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 08:58 12/02/2014
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LOCAL: Margaret Dodds is often seen in lower Cashmere and Beckenham.

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A Christchurch woman has been arrested after approaching two children riding scooters in Cashmere.

The Press understands the woman is Margaret Mabel Dodds. A voluntary patient at Princess Margaret Hospital's Seagar Clinic, Dodds is able to leave the clinic during the day.

Police spokesman Stephen Hill confirmed a 58-year-old woman had been arrested on Monday after a father spotted her talking to his two children.

The father was walking with his two children, aged 6 and 8, between Thorrington School and Princess Margaret Hospital when a woman approached the children and spoke to them about 3.30pm on Monday.

Concerned that the woman was someone who had been previously arrested over unwanted attention to children in the area, the father confronted the woman and she left the area.

But the man called police and followed the woman along Cashmere Rd until police arrived.

Hill said she was arrested without incident and would appear in court on Friday. She was charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.

Police have previously issued information to parents, caregivers and schools about a woman, who is known to approach children around schools and playgrounds.

If anyone sees people acting suspiciously around schools or children, they should contact police immediately.

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