Two attempted abductions of young girls reported to police

More officers will be carrying out after school patrols in the coming days

Friday, 19th March 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby


A man approached the girls in a car

POLICE are investigating after two possible attempted abductions of young girls were reported in one week.

The first incident happened at around 4pm on Tuesday when a 16-year-old girl was walking along Lady Margaret Road in Kentish Town.

She noticed a grey or silver car driving slowly alongside her. The driver leaned out and attempted to grab her arm. She was able to run away into a neighbouring street.

Yesterday (Thursday) at around 4pm a 14-year-old girl was walking along Messina Avenue, West Hampstead, when she was approached by a male driving a grey/silver car, possibly a Toyota Prius.

He offered her a lift and persisted in his offers despite her very clearly saying no.

The car drove off after an unknown man, also walking down the street, confronted the driver and told him to leave the girl alone.

The driver is described as male, possibly Asian or Middle Eastern in appearance, who spoke with a British accent and had a scruffy black beard.

Detective Constable Stuart Day of the Central North Command Unit said: “We are very keen to hear from anyone who has information that could help to identify this suspect, or from anyone who thinks they may have been approached by him.

“Local patrols and dedicated schools officers have been made aware and more officers will be carrying out after school patrols in the coming days.

“Anyone who is approached by this male is urged to first remove themselves to a place of safety before dialling 999.“

Anyone who has information that could identify him or his vehicle is urged to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD4800/16MAR.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, 100 per cent anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.

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