Monday, 11 July 2011

Rumours of Abduction

There have been some messages circulating recently concerning alleged “attempted abductions” of children near schools in Dorridge.

Firstly, can I reassure you that no children have been abducted, injured, grabbed by any member of the public, or forced into vehicles.

We are aware of three suspicious incidents over the last fortnight – the latest being in
Station Road
on Wednesday June 29 – where a man in a car has attempted to engage schoolchildren in conversation.

Thanks to the swift action of a parent, who noted down the car’s registration number, Solihull Police have now traced a man in connection with the incident and are speaking to him about his conduct.
We are currently establishing whether a criminal offence has occurred; if we believe that to be the case he will be arrested and interviewed.

As always, parents are encouraged to ask their children to remain vigilant and to reinforce the age-old message of never talking to strangers.

Any suspicious behaviour by individuals, especially around school premises, should be reported to the school and/or the police. Solihull Police can be contacted on 0345 113 5000 or 999 in an emergency.

Police officers will continue to maintain a visible presence in the area to reassure schoolchildren.

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