Attempted abduction of girl, 17, from Grantham Way, Grays, Essex.


A MAN attempted to force a 17-year-old girl into a car with four other men, as she was walking along the street in Grays.

The incident happened at about 5.30pm on Monday, in Grantham Way, as she returned home from college.

She was walking by nearby houses, when one of four men in a parked navy blue Mazda, flung open the door to hit her and tried grabbing and coaxing her into the car.

Attempted  abduction  of girl, 17, from Grays street

The girl, whose family wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I didn’t know what was going on, it was awful and I was scared.
“I didn’t know why he wanted me to go in the car with them.

“I’m a blue belt in karate, I used my blocks to stop him from grabbing me.

“It went on for ages, and when he realised I wasn’t going to go with him, he walked back to the car and shouted he ‘will see me again’.”

She explained how she removed her coat, so not to be recognised, then crawled on her hands and knees through back gardens to her home, to remain undetected.

Speaking after the ordeal, her mother added: “It has left us extremely shaken.

“Last night we had to leave the landing light switched on and our doors were wide open, so we knew each other wasn’t far away.”

Essex Police have confirmed they are making enquiries into the incident.


A child was “grabbed” by a stranger as she walked to school in Chertsey on Wednesday morning, police have confirmed.

Officers from Surrey Police have begun an investigation following the concerning incident , which happened in Bridge Road at around 8.30am.

The pupil, from St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, was walking along the road between Willow Walk and Abbey Road when an “unknown” man grabbed their arm.

The man made no attempt to communicate with the child, police said. The youngster was unharmed and made off along Bridge Road.
Detective Constable Brett Harris said: “We take incidents of this nature very seriously and will always fully investigate reports of suspicious behaviour in our communities.

“We are carrying out a number of enquiries to identify the suspect and are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or with any other information, to come forward straight away.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils to stay vigilant and safety aware when you are out and about and report anything unusual or suspicious to your parents, guardian or school, who in turn can pass the information to us so we can take appropriate action.”

‘Safety priority’

St Anne’s headteacher, Leanne Simpson, said police and parents were alerted to the incident on Wednesday, adding an investigation was under way.

The school is advising that children do not walk to and from school alone.

“We have contacted the parents of children who we know walk to and from school, so they may make other arrangements,” said Miss Simpson.

“I appreciate we are trying to instill independence into the children, but their safety has to be our priority.”

Writing to parents, Miss Simpson added: “However, if you would still like your child to walk, please inform the office and they will update their records.”

The school said it was aiming to maintain routines so as not to “frighten” the children, while teachers will bring the topic of safety into lessons and assemblies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45160043470, or contact Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Man’s suspicious behaviour as girls walk home from school in Eastwood, Nottingham.


Police Patrol Trainees Vicky Mason and Gavin Brown.Picture Richard Ponter 132631


A man was seen driving suspiciously slowly past two young girls as they walked home from school.

The teenage girls were walking along Ash Crescent in Nuthall on May 16 when a man driving a van slowed down next to them. He did not say anything to the girls.

He was described as having ginger hair and a big nose and his white van had highway markings on the back of it.

The incident happened at 4pm.


Man tries to grab child at church

Police are investigating after a man tried to grab hold of a child attending an event at a church in Stoke.

Officers were called to St Matthew’s Church, Birches Head, at around 3:45pm yesterday (May 26) following a suspicious incident.

A man had attempted to grab hold of a child at the church. He was pushed out of the building and police arrested him a short distance away.

A 22 year old man from Stoke-on-Trent remains in police custody following the incident.

Officers are still at the location to provide support and reassurance to the families in attendance.



A number of schools have been making parents aware of suspicious incidents reported to have happened this week.


At least seven schools around the Woking and Guildford areas have sent out ‘stranger danger’ warnings to parents, following reported incidents of pupils being approached by people in vehicles.

Get Surrey is aware of St Mary’s CofE School, Byfleet Primary School St Dunstan’s Catholic Primary School, George Abbot School, Bushy Hill Junior School, Wyke Primary School inNormandy and Halstead Preparatory School in Horsell all issuing advice to parents this week.


Dunstan’s in Woking has highlighted a reported incident of the sibling of a child from the school being approached by a man driving a silver car in Pembroke Road on Monday (May 23).

The child involved was said to be safe and unharmed but St Dunstan’s has been recommending that, for any children from Year 5 and Year 6 who usually walk home independently, they should instead be collected from their classroom.

Meanwhile, St Mary’s and Byfleet primary sent out warnings after members of the public reported suspicious activity involving a white van in Guildford and Woking.

St Mary’s sent out a warning at 6.30pm on Monday, alerting parents that Surrey Police had received reports of a man in a white van approaching schoolchildren.


A parent of two children, one at St Mary’s in Byfleet and the other at Fullbrook School in New Haw, said: “It’s always worrying for parents when this sort of warning is given out at schools, but we appreciate being given this information so we can tell our children to be vigilant.”

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We have been made aware a number of incidents where members of the public have reported seeing a white van acting suspiciously in theGuildford and Woking areas.

“Safer neighbourhood team officers are liaising with partner agencies and local schools and are carrying out enquiries to establish where any offences have occurred.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils to stay vigilant and safety-aware when you are out and about, and report anything unusual or suspicious to your parents, guardian or school, who in turn can pass the information to us so we can take appropriate action.

“If you can, try to get a description of any person and the registration number of any vehicles involved.

“We want to reassure parents, guardians, teachers and pupils that we are [investigating] and will always thoroughly investigate any suspicious incidents and deal appropriately with any offences which may be disclosed.”


Police said their investigations were ongoing after two men approached the girl and pinned her to the ground.

Albert Park, Middlesbrough
Detectives are continuing their hunt for two men after a 12-year-old girl was assaulted in Albert Park , Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Police today said their investigations were ongoing into the incident which happened at 9.15pm on Friday.

During the assault two men approached the girl and pinned her to the ground.

She freed herself and fled the Middlesbrough town centre park and the two men made their way through towards Valley Road.

One of the men is described as being of black African appearance, aged around 25-years-old, of medium build, around 5 ft 7-8” tall and he was bald.

He was described as wearing an Armani tracksuit top and bottoms which had a ‘AE7’ logo around the waist band and neckline and he wore red trainers.

The second man is described as also being of black African appearance, aged around 25-years-old, around 5 ft 6-7” tall and he was of skinny build with short black hair which was combed back with a quiff.

He was wearing a yellow Nike t-shirt which had a black logo on the chest and black tracksuit bottoms and grey trainers – possibly Adidas.

It is the latest incident of an assault in or near the park in recent months.

In March a 14-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in broad daylight at 10.30am while she was walking along Park Road South next to the park.

Earlier that month a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped on the afternoon of March 5.

A boy, 16, was “spoken to” but not arrested by police in connection with the incident.

This incident came less than six months after the alleged rape of a “young” girl in the Middlesbrough town centre park.

Three male youths were arrested in connection with that incident and remain on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about the latest attack is asked to contact Detective Constable Marie Appleby on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or .

Dangers of children using mobile phones

Mobile phones are now so widely used by all of us, including children. Of course they do have many benefits such as:

  • Being able to contact your child easily and stay connected
  • Locate the children’s whereabouts with ease
  • Use of educational and entertaining apps to keep the children amused
  • Socialising with friends on social media sites
  • Extra little bit of added security for both the parent and child

However, what we mustn’t forget is that mobile phones have many dangers associated, which all parents should be aware of so that you can prevent these things from happening to your child as best as you possibly can. We’re here to help so you don’t have to be that parent who takes the phone of their child! Instead we need to find solutions and preventative measures to give you peace of mind, whilst still allowing your child to gain independence.

1) Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is essentially harassment or bullying through electronic channels such as mobiles, social media, email or the internet. There have been reports conducted that show every one in ten children has experienced some form of cyberbullying, so is sadly quite a big problem in this day and age.

In most instances, the cyberbully will go to the same school or be an ex-boyfriend / girlfriend and will use cyberbullying as a way to send cruel and hostile messages, spread rumours and distribute embarrasing photos. Tackling the cyberbully can be difficult as it is all virtual. The best advice is to stop your child from contacting the bully, report to the authorities (they’ll need to see evidence of the messages, so keep the proof) and if in doubt, get a new mobile phone number assigned to your child’s phone. Make sure you chat with your child and teacher to see if you can get to the bottom of who is doing this and for what reason.

2) Social Networking