Witness appeal after schoolgirl approached by man

PUBLISHED: 11:01 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 10 May 2018

The girl was approached on the junction of Thyme Close and Fennel Road.

The girl was approached on the junction of Thyme Close and Fennel Road.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man as she walked home from school in Portishead.

The man pulled up next to the girl and offered her a lift – he then got out of his car and started walking towards her.

She called out to attract the attention of a fellow pedestrian and the man returned to his car and drove off.

The incident happened yesterday (Wednesday) at 3.20pm on the junction of Fennel Road and Thyme Close.

PC Tony Hussey said: “This young girl did exactly the right thing by drawing attention to the situation and then running home to tell someone straight away. We’re very keen to trace the passer-by, a man who was on foot.

“Anyone with any information which could help our investigation is asked to get in touch through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218100503.”

Avon and Somerset police carried out a search of the area and officers will be visiting the school and carrying out house-to-house enquiries.

The man who approached the girl is described as white, aged about 60, of ‘skinny’ build with grey hair and glasses. The car was a blue VW saloon.

Parents and carers are encouraged to remind children to be aware of their surroundings and to run home, or to the nearest busy, public place and tell someone straight away if they are frightened by a stranger.

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