“Remain vigilant”, say police after 16-year-old is approached by stranger

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A 16-year-old girl was asked to get into a stranger’s car as she walked to school in Leighton Buzzard this morning.

It happened on Vandyke Road at around 10.10am when the driver of a black Audi approached the sixth-former, who was not wearing school uniform, to ask her to get into his vehicle.

The teenager ignored the man and continued walking towards Vandyke Upper School where she then reported the incident to her teacher and described the driver as a bald black male, between 20 and 30 years old, who was wearing a black puffa jacket.

Police are now asking parents and students to be vigilant after a 12-year-old girl escaped the clutches of a middle aged man who attacked her from behind as she walked home from school in Linslade last week.

The Linslade Middle School pupil was pulled backwards by the man, at the junction of Mentmore Road and Wing Road at around 3.50pm last Monday, but as he tried to put his hand over her mouth and pull her away from the path, she bit him and managed to break free.

Sergeant Andy Rivers, of Leighton Buzzard Police Station, said: “At around 10.10am a 16 year old girl was walking to school when the driver of a black Audi asked her to get in his vehicle.

“The girl did exactly the right thing by ignoring the driver and then alerting the school and police.

“Officers from the Local Policing Team have attended the school and are continuing to investigate this incident but we would remind all school children and parents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to Bedfordshire Police by calling the 101 number.”