The Croydon Guardian reported an incident outside a Croydon school this morning. See Here
Initially it was reported as an "attempted abduction" but the head-teacher was asked by the Police to change the message on her school website, after which it became a "suspicious incident". See Here
This evening a number of head teachers have been sending out messages to parents referring to a "possible attempted child abduction" incident in South Norwood, with advice to be vigilant and for children to walk in groups rather than alone on their way to and from school.
I can't say that these reports make me any more worried or vigilant than I would normally be. We're all aware that children are snatched, although it's rare, and that allowing young children out of sight could pose a risk.
My DS3 aged 7 started school last September and on his first day I asked him to stay away from the fences around the playground and not to play in the trees where he can't be clearly seen.
I don't think there's a child abductor lurking around every corner but I do think we should be vigilant at all times and not just for a few days after a 'Suspicious incident' has been reported locally.