PARENTS have been alerted to another incident involving men in a white van acting suspiciously close to a one of the conurbation's schools.

The assistant headteacher of Bournemouth's Hill View Primary School, Jo Smith, emailed parents and carers on Friday warning them of the latest reports.

Ms Smith wrote: "We have been informed via Glenmoor School of further suspicious behaviour that has taken place on Thursday afternoon.

"Glenmoor report two incidents involving men in a white van, approaching students who were walking on their own near Leybourne Avenue and Eldon Road.

"In addition, a number of parents have informed us that over the last few weeks there has been drug dealing within the vicinity of Hill View Primary School throughout the day."

According to Ms Smith police have been notified about both concerns.

Less than a fortnight ago the Echo reported how worried parents were calling for vigilance after three suspicious incidents involving white van drivers and young schoolchildren within two days.

In relation to those three incidents Dorset Police said no offences had been identified - and that there was nothing to suggest they were linked.

However, officers did speak to two men identified following investigations, to offer words of advice, and CCTV checks took place alongside house-to-house enquiries.

On Thursday, January 25 officers were called to Winton Primary School, Oswald Road, Bournemouth, around 5pm, following a third-hand report of two men approaching children outside the school campus, and trying to tempt them into a white van.

Earlier the same day, at around 3.30pm, police were also called after an 11-year-old Somerford Primary School pupil reported two men waving at him from a white van on Druitt Road.

Less that 24-hours earlier, around 9.20am on Wednesday, January 24, the first of the three incidents was reported at a bus stop in the Alderholt area.

It was reported the driver got out of a white van and briefly spoke to young Cranborne Middle School pupils.