School’s have been placed on high alert as officer probe an attempt to snatch a schoolboy off the streets and in a separate incident, a schoolgirl was also subjected to an attempted grab.
Parents have now been warned that the two children were approached by men at two separate locations in a suspected snatch attempt.
Three men attempted to grab two teenage girls as they walked down the street, the fled and described the men as driving a large black van. The incident happened in North Prospect, Plymouth, Devon.
In a second incident, an 11-year-old schoolboy was approached on Uffculme, Devon, and managed to run away,
Schools have now sent parents a warning text message saying “The two 14-year-old girls were approached by the men who are described as being dressed in black during the incident on Yellowmead Road, North Prospect, at about 8 pm on Monday night, January 16.”
Police confirmed that officers are on the hunt for three suspects who are understood to have tried to grab the girls after approaching them in the street.
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed “Police were alerted to reports of three men dressed in black in a large black van on Yellowmead Road, Plymouth, who had begun to walk over to two school girls at approximately 8 pm on Monday 16 January 2017.
“The two 14-year-old girls have ran off at this approach. The van has then left the scene in the direction of North Prospect Road.
“The men were described as white and British.”
Police also launched a separate appeal following the incident involving the 11-year-old boy “Devon & Cornwall Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward who may have seen the incident, or can help identify the man involved.
“The man is described as being white, in his 20s or 30s, wearing a black coat and black baggy jeans.
“He was around 5ft 8ins tall.
“Upon being approached by the man, the boy refused to engage with him and ran straight home to his parents – a move commended by police.”
Anyone who can help police with their inquiries is asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log 666 for 16/1/17
Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org