Saturday, 26 May 2012

Police reassure residents after 'abduction' scares

The Metropolitan Police says it has concluded that there was no link between alleged incidents outside schools in the local area in recent days, one of which was thought to have involved an attempted abduction, and has said that no criminal offences have yet been identified in any of the three cases.

Chief Superintendent Martin Greenslade, Borough Commander for Kingston said: 

“The incident in Tolworth on Monday 21st May has resulted in extensive enquiries being conducted. Kingston Police can say that no offences have come to light and would like to thank the school community for their co-operation.

“The second incident on Monday 21st May was reported as a man on a push bike acting suspiciously in a car park close to Green Lane Primary school in Worcester Park. We are now satisfied that no criminal offences were committed.

“Finally, regarding a reported incident on Thursday 17th May in the grounds of a Grand Avenue Primary school in Surbiton. The investigation into this allegation is continuing. No allegations which amount to criminal behaviour have been disclosed."

Defending the police response to the alleged incidents, which caused widespread concern amongst residents in Worcester Park, Surbiton and Tolworth, Chief Superintendent Greenslade added:

"I understand and share the community's deep concern and would also like to use this as a further opportunity to reassure parents that we have treated the incidents extremely seriously and have investigated them robustly. 

A policing plan was put in place and we instigated extra patrols in the Borough and maintained an increased visible presence outside local schools."