A mum from Leighton Buzzard is angry Beds Police are taking no action to track down the man who sexually harassed her 14-year-old daughter.
Despite acquiring CCTV footage of the incident, which happened at around 11am on Leighton’s High Street on Thursday, August 6, no police appeal has been made to identify the man.
The girl’s mother told the LBO: “I got a phone call to say that they had seen the CCTV footage and that as the man was unknown to them, they couldn’t do anything more.
“I just think it’s an absolute disgrace.
“I was livid but I was more concerned about my husband’s reaction because he flew off the handle.
“He said to the woman on the phone, ‘I’ll drive around Leighton Buzzard myself shall I, and I’ll beat the **** out of him’, and she said ‘Oh no, don’t do that because you’ll get in trouble.’
“But what’s the point of reporting anything to the police? I feel sad that they have so few resources.”
The incident happened as the 14-year-old waited for a bus. The man, likened to a tramp by the victim, was described as “dirty” and “unclean”.
He approached the girl and made crude sexual advances to her, telling her he would have to have sex with her, before reaching into the inside of his jacket.
The girl quickly ran to a nearby woman with children for help.
Her mother said: “Thank God my daughter went to her. She was fabulous and rang the police and stayed with her until they arrived.
“By the time I got there she was in the back of the police van. I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, did that really happen?’
“You’d expect weirdos to be hanging about in the evening. And my daughter wasn’t dressed like an adult, she had plaits in her hair, she did look quite young. She wasn’t going out in a short skirt or anything.”
The family was visited by a police officer, who allegedly told them the most that could be done was to issue a warning to the man. CCTV had to be obtained from the council, and the family felt unhappy with the speed of the response.
The woman added: “I just hope he doesn’t approach anyone else’s child. What if those urges get serious and he abducts a child?”
In response, a Beds Police spokesman said: “Officers attended and safety advice was given, and an appointment was made to visit the victim and her family to obtain statements.
“CCTV enquiries were carried out but no offender was identified. We take all reports of crime seriously and investigate all allegations made. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police on 101.”