Police issue appeal after man asks 9-year-old girl to get into van in Blackburn
1:00pm Wednesday 12th March 2014 in News
OFFICERS are appealing for information after a report was received of some suspicious activity in the Blackburn area.
Police received a report that at around 6pm on Monday evening (10th March) a 9-year-old girl was walking along Portree Crescent when a small red van pulled up beside her and the driver told her to get into the van.
The little girl ran away from the van and the incident was reported to police when she arrived home. At no point did the man get out of the van or physically approach the girl.
The driver has been described as being around 40 years old, he was either Asian or Black and he had dark hair and a beard and was wearing a hat.
A similar report was also received just over a week before this incident when a six year old girl reported being spoken to by a man in a red van on Staffa Crescent at about 5:45pm on Friday 28th February.
Again at no point did the man get out of the van or physically approach the girl.
On this occasion, however, the man was described as white, he appeared to have a bald head, a black moustache and beard and he was wearing a hat and glasses.
Officers investigating the incidents have asked people to remain calm but are urging people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity in the area to them.
Detective Sergeant Ian Procter said, “We understand that people are going to be alarmed and concerned and we would like to reassure people that we take reports like this seriously and that it is being thoroughly investigated.
“Neighbourhood policing officers have been, and will continue to be, in contact with people in the area, and parents are reminded to be vigilant at all times.
“As is sometimes the case when people start to talk about such incidents local and on social media for example, stories are confused and added to as they are passed on, without any malicious intent, and after the story has been retold a few times it can become exaggerated.
“It is really important that people report first hand instances of suspicious behaviour directly to the police and to try and avoid repeating gossip and third hand information.”
If you have any information about either of these incidents then please call us on 101. Always ring 999 in an emergency.