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Rise in reports of 'suspicious' people across Sussex
10:40am Friday 12th October 2012 in News
The high-profile abduction of April Jones has led to a spike in calls reporting suspicious people in Sussex, according to police
Speaking yesterday (October 11) a spokeswoman for Sussex Police said they had received more calls from people who were concerned about child snatchers and suspicious people and vehicles in the past week.
April Jones was last seen outside her home in Machynlleth, Powys, on Monday, October 1.
Mark Bridger has been charged with the abduction and murder of the five-year-old.
A Sussex police spokesman told The Argus: “There has been an increase in the past few weeks since high-profile incidents and we take each and every one seriously and thoroughly investigate them all.
“We understand that parents at anxious at this time.”
On Monday, October 8 a girl reported being approached in Worthing.
Police investigated and said although she was right to report the incident, it was not believed a crime had been committed.
In Eastbourne, young girls said they were approached by men in Holly Park on Sunday, October 7.
Police said: “Police attended a report of two drunken men shouting and swearing at children in Holly Park, opposite Maywood Avenue, Eastbourne.”
“The children were understandably upset by the behaviour of the men.
"Once we were informed we searched the area in an effort to find the two men and discuss the incident. We will continue to try and identify them.”
Police added they were aware that children and parents were “perhaps more anxious following recent high- profile incidents”.
The force said: “I can assure parents that if there is a genuine concern for safety following any report we will inform the public via Twitter and the Sussex Police website as soon as we have established the facts.”