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Public reassurance offered after girl is approached near school

Posted on 8th March 2018

Our officers want to reassure members of the public after a girl was approached by a man near to John Flamsteed School, in Denby this morning (Thursday, March 8).

The incident happened at approximately 8.30am when the girl was followed by a man who stopped her by the One Stop shop in Derby Road and began to ask her questions about herself. An older pupil then came along and they walked off together away from the man.

The man is described as white, short in height, with ginger hair and a beard. He was wearing dark-coloured trousers and a dark-coloured top.

PC Matt Moore said, “I would like to offer a message of reassurance to the community that we are working hard to identify this man.

“We’ll have an officer presence outside of the school this afternoon and are working closely with the school to reinforce safety messages regarding stranger danger.

“We take incidences of the nature very seriously and would urge members of the public to get in touch, should they notice anything suspicious.”

Officers are also working to investigate a similar incident that happened in Eckington on Tuesday, March 6. At around 3.30pm, a boy was approached near the One Stop in West Street, by a man who grabbed him on the arm and tried to persuade the boy to come with him.

The man is described as white, approximately 50-years-old, 5ft 5ins tall with a goatee beard and brown short hair. He was wearing a green top and blue jeans.

If you have any information about either of these incidents, please call PC Matt Moore on 101 quoting incident number 169 of 8 March and incident number 607 of 6 March, respectively.

Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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