Teens left ‘scared and shaken’ after approaches by male stranger

Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers says what happened was "scary".  (DERR1111SJ10)
Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers says what happened was "scary". (DERR1111SJ10)
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Residents in Drumsurn are being urged to be vigilant after three girls from the village were left “scared and shaken” following “frightening” approaches by a male stranger.

On Saturday evening, police received a report that two girls were approached by a man as they walked home from the shop at Drumsurn at around 7pm.

We’re thankful the girls are okay and, while they were left scared, they were not physically hurt.”

Michelle Friel, Drumsurn Community Association

“The girls ran and the man shouted at them and followed them for a short distance. He is described as being in his 40s and balding. He was wearing a dark tracksuit,” said a PSNI spokesperson. “In another incident, a man in a black car drove slowly past a girl aged 12 walking near the shop.”

Chair of Drumsurn Community Association, Michelle Friel said: “The girls involved were very shook up and scared by what happened. You hear about these things happening elsewhere but, when it happens in your own wee village, it really is frightening. What could have happened doesn’t bear thinking about, and when it’s so close to home and it’s real people, it really hits hard. These incidents happened at around 7pm and 8.30pm on a Saturday evening in a village where everyone knows each other. We’re thankful the girls are okay and, while they were left scared, they were not physically hurt.”

Ms Friel said the incidents reinforce the need for street lighting in the area to be repaired urgently.

“The light at the end of the lane where one of the incidents happened isn’t working, so this really hammers home the need to get the lights fixed. It will also make older people even more scared to leave their homes at night,” said Ms Friel.

Sinn Fein Councillor Brenda Chivers described what happened as “scary”. She said as soon as the incidents happened, word quickly spread around the village via social media.

“I think it shows just how close knit a village Drumsurn is, and that people do look out for each other,” said Colr. Chivers, who visited the girls involved and has now arranged for police to talk with youth club members on Thursday.

“Thankfully it was just a one-off, and the girls were not physically hurt but, it is scary. You hear about things like this elsewhere, but not in Drumsurn. It’s frightening.”

Police conducted house-to-house enquiries after both incidents and urge anyone with information to call the 101 non-emergency number.