Concern as another young girl asked to go with stranger

Schoolgirl runs away from strange man in car

Schoolgirl runs away from strange man in car

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A schoolgirl was left shaken after a man tried to speak with her from his car.

The incident took place on Tuesday at around 8.50am as the 10-year-old walked in Manor Hall Road, Southwick, near to the junction with The Crescent.

A small dark car stopped next to her and the male driver tried to speak with the girl. However she did not reply and ran away.

He made no attempt to touch her and she ran straight to school and reported what happened. She was shaken by the incident but was not harmed.

The man is described as white, with a deep voice and an English accent wearing dark clothing and a hat.

Detective Inspector Rob Walker said: "Members of the local neighbourhood policing team are increasing patrols in the area, and will be talking to all local schools in the area to ensure children are reminded not to speak with strangers. This girl did exactly the right thing by reporting it straight away and we are urging parents to report any similar incidents or unusual behaviour immediately.

"Police are supporting the child and her family and are investigating the circumstances of the incident and would urge any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident to contact police quoting serial 301 1/7."

A similar incident happened in Bognor on Sunday June 29, where a 10-year-old girl was in Servite Close, Bognor, when she was approached by a man who asked her to go with him.

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7:26am Wed 2 Jul 14

hyram77 says...

Guilty until proven innocent in today's world. There could have been a completely innocent reason why the car had pulled along side the girl in a busy road with lots of cars and pedestrians in broad daylight. Sign of the times I guess.
Guilty until proven innocent in today's world. There could have been a completely innocent reason why the car had pulled along side the girl in a busy road with lots of cars and pedestrians in broad daylight. Sign of the times I guess. hyram77
  • Score: 2

7:28am Wed 2 Jul 14

hyram77 says...

Didn't read the article properly, if the driver asked the girl to go with him in his car different kettle of fish! Lock him up and throw away the key.
Didn't read the article properly, if the driver asked the girl to go with him in his car different kettle of fish! Lock him up and throw away the key. hyram77
  • Score: -4

8:26am Wed 2 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

He may have been lost and asking for directions, and perhaps there was no one else about to ask. Nowadays one dare not even glance at a child before being accused of wanting to abduct them.
He may have been lost and asking for directions, and perhaps there was no one else about to ask. Nowadays one dare not even glance at a child before being accused of wanting to abduct them. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 2

9:26am Wed 2 Jul 14

FC says...

So the first incident the girl was ask by a stranger on foot to go with him.

This incident a car pulled up alongside the girl and "tried to speak to her"...

Yeah they totally sound like similar incidents to me. Maybe he wanted directions? Maybe he was a truant officer? Maybe he just pulled up to take a phone call with the window down and she assumed he was trying to abduct her?

Good on her for walking away if she was scared, but this is Daily Mail-style reporting where EVERYONE is a paedo. Please sort yourselves out, Argus.
So the first incident the girl was ask by a stranger on foot to go with him. This incident a car pulled up alongside the girl and "tried to speak to her"... Yeah they totally sound like similar incidents to me. Maybe he wanted directions? Maybe he was a truant officer? Maybe he just pulled up to take a phone call with the window down and she assumed he was trying to abduct her? Good on her for walking away if she was scared, but this is Daily Mail-style reporting where EVERYONE is a paedo. Please sort yourselves out, Argus. FC
  • Score: 0

9:44am Wed 2 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

hyram77 wrote:
Guilty until proven innocent in today's world. There could have been a completely innocent reason why the car had pulled along side the girl in a busy road with lots of cars and pedestrians in broad daylight. Sign of the times I guess.
Why would anyone need to talk to a child in those circumstances?

Even someone with completely innocent intent knows not to approach a child unless an adult is present.
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: Guilty until proven innocent in today's world. There could have been a completely innocent reason why the car had pulled along side the girl in a busy road with lots of cars and pedestrians in broad daylight. Sign of the times I guess.[/p][/quote]Why would anyone need to talk to a child in those circumstances? Even someone with completely innocent intent knows not to approach a child unless an adult is present. stevo!!
  • Score: 1

10:59am Wed 2 Jul 14

Martin999 says...

The headline is wrong. He did not ask her to go with him. He , quote, tried to speak to her, unquote. Very different. Stop being sensationalist Argus, and stop trying to frighten people.
The headline is wrong. He did not ask her to go with him. He , quote, tried to speak to her, unquote. Very different. Stop being sensationalist Argus, and stop trying to frighten people. Martin999
  • Score: 3

2:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why is a 10 year old girl walking on her own? I wouldn't allow any child that age to walk to school or go anywhere on their own - that is too young to be out alone. It is not a safe world out there and this proves it.
Why is a 10 year old girl walking on her own? I wouldn't allow any child that age to walk to school or go anywhere on their own - that is too young to be out alone. It is not a safe world out there and this proves it. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -1

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