Police warning after separate incidents of strangers approaching Marlborough schoolgirls


WILTSHIRE Police are reminding parents and children of stranger danger following two reports of school pupils being approached by men in cars.

Last Thursday, 4 February, a man in a blue saloon car pulled alongside a young girl who was walking to school near Marlborough town centre and asked her if she wanted a lift.

She refused and he then drove on. The driver is described as white, in his late 30s, with short dark brown spikey hair and clean shaven.

Later on the same day, a blue car believed to be a VW Passat, like the one pictured above, driven by a white male, was seen moving slowly along the A346 at Ogbourne Maizey.

As the car went past, the driver appeared to be watching a young girl who had just got off a school bus. The man was described as in his 30s, with light hair. He was also smoking.

Both girls are of secondary school age.

Sergeant Richard Barratt, from Marlborough Police Station, said: “No one has been injured and there has been no attempt to get the young people in the car. ¬†None the less, we want to remind children to stay safe and report anything suspicious to the police.”

Police have issued the following advice for parents and children:

1. Discuss the issues of strangers and their associated danger with your children. Parents must monitor their own fear and be careful not to alarm their children.

2. Be aware of specific ploys used by strangers. Teach children not to help strangers look for lost puppies, accept gifts or sweets, or get in a car with someone they do not know – or even someone they do know, if the journey is not planned.

3. After talking to children, it is important to ask them what they heard. This allows parents to correct misinformation and determine what needs to be reviewed or discussed differently.

4. Make sure children know who, when, where and how to get help.  For example, they should know their name, address, and phone number; how to phone the police, who will pick them up from school each day and what after school activities are planned.

If anyone has information in relation to these incidents please call Wiltshire Police on 101 or alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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