Suspicious approach to schoolchild by man in Derry reported - PSNI

Police are investigating the report of a suspicious approach to a child by a man in the Waterside area of the city.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 2:57 pm

The incident is reported to have happened after school on Tuesday.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “It was reported that between 3.15pm and 3.30pm yesterday afternoon a secondary school child was approached by a male person driving a white vehicle with tinted windows.

“It was reported that the male asked the child to get into the vehicle as he had been asked by the child’s mother to pick them up.

Police are appealing for information.

“The child thankfully refused and raised the alarm.”

In light of the report, police have urged all parents to speak with their children.

“We would ask that all parents remind their children to never accept lifts from strangers no matter who they say they are.

“Enquiries into this incident are ongoing and anyone with information or who may be able to help with our enquiries, is asked to call officers at Waterside on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1216, 11/05/21.

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