The schoolgirl said two white men approached her at the junction of Porlock Road and Cromer Road in the Millbrook area of Southampton, and that one of the men grabbed her and pushed her into a car. She said she managed to run away.
Officers have stepped up patrols in the area this weekend following the incident on Saturday 15th June 2013, saying the public should remain alert, but not alarmed.
Hampshire Police are investigating an alleged abduction in Southampton on Saturday 15th June 2013. A 12-year-old girl told detectives that two men approached her at the junction of Porlock Road and Cromer Road in the Millbrook area; and that one of the men grabbed her and pushed her into a car.
The girl said she kicked one of the men and ran away. She said the two men were white, and their vehicle was a long, black car with tinted windows and silver stripes down the back and side. Although the child was not harmed, the police said she was 'understandably shaken'.
“I would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and to identify the two men and the vehicle. “We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident. “The girl did the right thing by running away and reporting the incident. I would like to ask parents to remind their children of the stranger danger message and to report any incidents of concern to us.”
– Detective Inspector Charlie Rimmer, Hampshire Police
Police patrols have been increased in the area this weekend. Local schools have been told about the incident, and advised to remind children about 'stranger danger'. Officers have asked the public to remain alert, but not alarmed. Anyone with information is asked to telephone Hampshire Police on 101
Fire crews are tackling a blaze at the Manor Industrial Estate at Millbrook in Southampton. Two units on the ground floor of a 3-storey building are on fire. Around 20 firefighters have been called to the property and crews are still at the scene. There are no reports of any injuries.