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8 November 2012, 12:13
Police in Luton are stepping up patrols after a van driver reportedly asked a 12 year old schoolboy to get in his van.
A high top plain white ‘Transit’ type van was seen in Putteridge Road at approximately 3.20pm on Tuesday 6 November 2012, when the driver pulled up next to the 12 year old boy.
When the boy refused to get in the van the man drove away towards the Jancel House roundabout.
Schools in the area are aware of the incident and are taking extra precautions.
The driver of the van is described as a white man, in his mid-30s, with a chubby build and black and grey messy hair. In his right ear he had a yellow coloured ‘hoop’ earing. He wore a sleeveless white tracksuit top and it is believed that the driver possibly had an Essex accent. There was possibly another person in the van.
The investigating officer, Detective Constable Mirian Khajavelidze, is asking residents and students to be extra vigilant and report any sighting of anyone who matches this description and drives or has an access to this type of a motor vehicle.
DC Khajavelidze said: “This appears to be an isolated incident but to ensure this does not happen again we are asking everyone to report any sightings of a similar nature involving a white van in the area to them. Anyone who may know someone matching this description and who has access to this type of vehicle is also asked to contact the police.”
Anyone who can help identify this man can contact DC Khajavelidze, in confidence, on 01582 473322 Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.