Vigilance calls after ‘suspicious approach’ to girl

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The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell, has appealed to parents not to allow children to walk to school unaccompanied. The advice follows a “suspicious approach” to an 11 year old school girl in Creggan.

The PSNI have appealed for information on the incident which is reported to have happened on Tuesday, November 13.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “At approximately 8.15am, a man in a light blue Toyota car pulled up alongside an 11 year old girl on Central Drive and spoke to her. The girl ran away and the car headed off in the direction of Fanad Drive.”

The man is described as being approximately 40 years old, of slim build and balding on top.

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Campbell, who also lives in Creggan said: “This is a worrying development for the area. I would appeal to parents to be vigilant, especially as this happened early in the morning. Children could be vulnerable at that time as they make their way to school.

“Children shouldn’t be going to school on their own and I would appeal to parents to ensure their child isn’t alone. The PSNI need to get to this man and take him off the streets, again I would ask everyone to be vigilant at this stage.”

SDLP Councillor for the area, Mr. Jim Clifford said: “This could have been a very different story except for the quick actions of the young girl.

“I would urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI with it ASAP. This is a warning to all young girls coming into the dark nights to try and stay among company.”