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Police plea for school snatch bid man to come forward

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

Hilton Primary School

Hilton Primary School

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POLICE have made a direct appeal to the man who attempted to entice a youngster into his car outside a school to come forward and ‘tell us what you were doing’.

Senior officers at Derbyshire Police are desperate to speak to the man after he was spotted trying to offer a lift to a pupil who was being walked to Hilton Primary School on Monday morning.

Now, police chiefs have asked the white male seen in a black car to contact officers in a bid to ‘clear up exactly what went on’.

PC Eileen Banton, who is a crime reduction officer based at Swadlincote Police Station, said: “Many people will have found what happened disturbing and distressing and we need to do our best to get to the bottom of what exactly happened.

“The nature of approaching a child, who was also with an adult, is out of the ordinary and is something that nobody, neither the police, teachers or parents, wants to hear about happening.

“We are now working hard to find out what has happened and we would ask the person in question to come forward and contact us so they can tell us what they were doing and clear up exactly what went on.”

PC Banton went on to tell the Mail that a renewed effort was now being made to make children across the areas more aware of ‘stranger danger’.

She added: “This is a topic that the police, schools and parents do very well in driving home to youngsters.

“However, incidents like this one, show that message does need to be reinforced to make sure nothing bad can happen.

“It is not about trying to scare young children or put them off doing things. It is about keep them safe.

“We will be working with schools across the area to make sure they have all the assistance they need with youngsters.

“But we are also asking parents to be extra vigilant as well as just explaining about stranger danger.

“If you take your child to school, try to keep an eye out for anyone suspicious and try to take them right to the school gate if that is possible.

“Anyone who may know the person who tried to approach the youngster outside Hilton Primary School or has any other similar concerns should contact us as soon as they can on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”

Head teacher Kevan Lomas spoke to the Mail after the incident was reported by the adult who was walking the youngster to school from a nearby nursery.

He said: “This is very unusual behaviour, particularly how persistent the driver was with an adult so close by.

“We do not want to cause panic or alarm but would ask parents and carers to be extra vigilant during the coming days and explain stranger danger to their children in a bid to keep them out of harm’s way”.

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