Thursday, 24 May 2012

Parents Warned After Abduction Attempts

Parents in Worcester Park are being urged to be vigilant following a suspicious incident outside a local primary school on Monday afternoon. The incident is being linked to two others in the local area, one of which involved an attempted abduction of a child. 

Police officers and police community support officers have been placed outside every primary and secondary school in the area today, during the morning and afternoon, to provide a visible presence and address any community concerns. 

The first reported incident happened in the grounds of a primary school in Surbiton on Thursday 17 May when it is alleged that a man and a woman approached a girl who was getting some water from a fountain. The child felt scared so ran off and informed a teacher. Staff subsequently alerted police.

The second reported incident took place within the grounds of a different primary school in Surbiton. At 09:10hrs on Monday 21 May, a man believed to be in his mid 20's approached the child and grabbed hold of him.

The boy struggled and was able to break free and alert staff. The man, who left the scene, is described as white, with a tan, wearing a black jumper with a blue shirt underneath, blue trousers and a black woolly hat.

It is believed he was accompanied by a woman who is described as white, with long black hair, of slim build, approximately 5' 6", wearing a red hooded top and red trousers. 

At this time both of these incidents are being linked.

The third reported incident happened in a primary school in Worcester Park at approximately 3:15pm on Monday 21 May. A man was seen on a push bike weaving in and out of cars parked in the public car park at the front of the school. The person who reported the incident shouted at the man and he rode away. This suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s wearing a woolly hat.

This incident is being investigated by the same team and a link to the first two incidents has not been ruled out at this time.

A policing plan has been put in place and extra patrols have been arranged which will continue throughout half term. House to house enquiries are being completed around the three affected schools; CCTV footage is being analysed from the schools and the wider area.

If anyone has any information relating to either of the above incidents, please contact the incident room on 07917 271 552 or call Kingston police via 101 quoting Operation Orchid.

Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told the Worcester Park Blog: 

" Officers in Sutton are working closely with our colleagues at Kingston who are conducting vigorous enquiries into three reports of incidents near schools - one of them in Worcester Park.

We treat all such reports extremely seriously and have arranged extra patrols and an increased police presence outside local schools. We would urge parents and members of the public that if they see anyone acting suspiciously, they should call police immediately on 999."