Parents on alert after attempted abduction

The Bulwell Academy
The Bulwell Academy

PARENTS and children are being urged to be extra vigilant after the attempted abduction of a young pupil near Bulwell Academy (pictured).

The youngster, who was aged between ten and 14, was approached by a man in a car on Carey Road on Monday September 12.

Police have been called in and the school responded the next day by sending out a letter to parents and carers of children at the academy asking them to be on their guard.

The letter, from head teacher Graham Roberts, states that the approach happened close to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) takeaway and a newsagent’s at 3.30 pm.

A black man is said to have “offered money to entice the student into a silver saloon car”. The child refused and went home to tell her parents what had happened.

Mr Roberts told the Dispatch: “We were very concerned when we heard about this. That’s why we sent out the letter. It was not to scare anyone but to make sure parents were aware and could take appropriate action.”

In the letter, Mr Roberts advises: “If your child walks to or from school without an adult, you might want to review your arrangements.

“You might also want to speak to your child about stranger danger and what to do if someone approaches them.

“It is advisable that if your son or daughter is out and about to walk in pairs.”

Chief Insp Matthew McFarlane, of the police, said: “We received a report of a suspicious case in Bulwell where a girl was approached by a stranger in the street.

“No force or attempted force was used by the man, who had a short conversation with the girl.

“Police are investigating and would urge parents to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”

Anyone with information or details of similar offences is asked to call the police on 0300 3009999.

Alternatively, ring the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.

The approach made to the Academy pupil comes less than four months after a 14-year-old girl was grabbed by a man on Bulwell Forest golf course, off St Albans Road.

On that occasion the attacker shouted “come here” before grabbing the girl’s bag. She managed to wriggle free and alert the police.

That was investigated alongside two similar offences in Carlton. Originally they were thought to be linked but police have since said there was no connection.

As yet, there has been no link established between the latest Bulwell approach and the previous offences.