Arrest Over 'Abduction Attempts'

22 January 2015, 18:09

A man's been arrested over reports men have been approaching schoolchildren in Lambeth and suggesting they go with them.

A 24 year old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted abduction and was taken to a South London police station.

Police had said a 10 year old girl was approached by a man in Sancraft Street, Kennington at 5pm on Thursday 15 January 2015.

An 11 year old girl was then approached in Kennington Lane on Tuesday 20 January at 7.20am by two men believed to be driving a white car.

A 16 year old girl was then approached by a man in Kennington Lane at 8.30am on Wednesday 21 January.

Detectives are linking the incidents based on the similarities of all three but at this stage do not have a definitive description of the man or men, or the vehicle involved.

Officers are talking to local schools and are asking and parents and carers to remain vigilant and to report any concerns to the police.

Patrols in the local area have been increased both before and after school while enquiries continue.

Chief Inspector Nick Collins from Lambeth Borough said "Officers from Lambeth are currently investigating the incidents and are still trying to determine whether the same man or men were involved in all three.

"Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.

"I understand that the community will be concerned about these recent incidents and I want to reassure parents and carers that we are treating this extremely seriously.

"Officers are working hard to identify the suspect/s wanted and enquiries into these incidents continue.

"As a precaution we have increased patrols in the area and are talking to local schools. I would also ask parents and carers to take the opportunity to remind their children how to stay safe and not to go with strangers."