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16 June 2011, 14:30
Police are hunting a man who is trying to get young boys to go with him in his van.
Four cases have been reported to detectives in Milton Keynes, Bucks since Monday June 6th - two of which are being linked.
Extra patrols are being put on in the south east area of the city. schools were advised to warn pupils of the danger and leaflets were being handed out to reassure the public.
The first attempted abduction was on June 6th at six o'clock in the evening when a 13 year old boy was approached by a white van driver in Walton Road, Middleton. The man put out a hand and arm and asked him to get into the van. The youngster ran off.
Three days later, at half past four on Thursday 9th June, a 10 year old boy was approached in Littlefield Down, Walnut Tree by a man in a blue van with a white bonnet. He asked the boy to get in his van but the youngster said: "No you are a stranger" and ran off.
The man on those two occasions is said to be white, aged 30 to 40, of skinny build with a double chin. He had red spots on his neck and his ears were pointy at the top. His white van was dirty and may have had a VW badge.
An E fit of the man was today (Thursday June 16th) issued by the police.
The other two cases have different descriptions of the man and the van. At 12.30 pm on Wednesday (June 15th) a 9 year old boy who was riding a bike on Tanfield Lane, Middleton was stopped by a man in a red van with yellow writing. He was told to get into the van but cycled off and reported what happened.
Four boys, aged 10 to 14, who were playing at Plaistow Crescent, Monkston Park at 9pm on Wednesday also reported that a man in a white van asked them to get in.
DCI Justin Fletcher, who is leading the investigation, said: "The first two incidents are very similar. The next two are quite different.
"It is very worrying and we are putting everything we can into solving the case."
He said parents should know where their children are and that the boys involved did exactly the right thing.