Attempted Child Abductions In The Local Community

Dear Parents

You may be aware of an attempted abduction of a child within our local community last weekend. We have also received information from the police today that a further, unconnected, attempted abduction took place in the early evening of Friday May 11th in the village of Roade.

Police have issued the following information
We are appealing for information about an attempted abduction which occurred in Roade village on Friday night (11 May).

At some time between 8pm and 8.30pm, an 11-year-old boy was walking home along High Street, Roade. On the approach from the Cock public house to the junction with The Leys, the boy spotted a white transit van parked by the side of the road.

A man standing by the van stuck out his arm and blocked the boy’s path, telling the boy to get into the van. The boy punched the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, and then ran off.

The man is described as white, aged around 50, of average height and medium build. He had a bald head and big wide eyes. We do not have a clothing description. The man was driving a white van, possibly a Ford Transit. The van drove off in the direction of Northampton Road and Hartwell Road. We are issuing an artist’s impression of the man we would like to trace in connection with this incident.

Detective Inspector Nick Purdie said: “This is a worrying incident but I would stress that it is the only one we have had. “I am appealing for any witnesses to this incident or information in relation to any suspicious white van in the Roade area on Friday.”If you recognise this man then please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency, also if you noticed two men acting suspiciously in the village on Friday.”

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 – alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Parents are advised to take all sensible precautions and particularly to remind your children never to go with an adult who they do not know.

As the nights get lighter, it is possible that older children are engaged in activities away from the family home more often.  Please remind them to pay particular attention to their personal safety, by ensuring that parents know where they are and when they can be expected home.  If possible, arrange for your son or daughter to be in the company of a friend at all times when away from the home. The school will also be talking to all our children and young people through assemblies and class/tutor time this week with regard to ‘stranger danger’ and how to keep safe.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Patterson

Vice Principal
Caroline Chisholm School