Police hunt white van man

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Police in Derry are appealing for information after it was a reported a man made a suspicious approach towards an eight year-old girl in the Elmvale area at the weekend.

At approximately 5:15pm on Saturday October 4, it was reported that an 8 year-old girl had been in the area when a white van pulled up. The driver, a man believed to have been wearing a black mask and wearing a green jumper and blue jeans, spoke to the girl. The girl ran away and the man made off in the Ardnalee direction.

Sinn Fein councillor Tony Hassan.

Sinn Fein councillor Tony Hassan.

Inspector Sam Shearer appealed for information.

He said: “I would ask the driver of the van or anyone who witnessed this incident to contact us at Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101.”

Speaking to the Derry Journal about the alleged incident, Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan, echoed Inspector Shearer’s appeal.

“There are concerns in the local community on hearing this news. Parents are rightly worried and I would appeal to anyone with information, or saw anyone acting suspiciously to contact the police straight away.

“It’s also important for parents to remind their children of dangers of talking to strangers and what they should do if approached,” he said.