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Spate of suspicious incidents in Gosport

Police in Gosport are working to reassure the local community following reports on social media and in the community about a series of suspicious incidents.

Officers have received reports of five incidents in which children were approached by unknown adults across the borough in June so far.

In four cases no criminal offences were identified. One of those was about an incident in March; the latest was reported yesterday.

In one case, police are investigating reports of a child being grabbed by a man while playing by Exeter Court off Howe Road around 7.30pm, Tuesday, June 16.

“We take all reports of this nature very seriously and understand and appreciate people’s concerns. With the hot weather we’ve had it’s great to see so many people of all ages able to enjoy spending time outside. With that, I would always urge parents and other concerned adults to remain alert but not alarmed and keep a look out for your children and others’ as you would do normally. If you spot something that gives you cause for concern, please do contact the police either on 101 or 999 if it’s an emergency. Talk to your children as well about what they can do to keep themselves safe while out and about playing. It’s worth sharing this information with friends and family on your social media networks. The majority of calls we’ve received in Gosport this month are to reports of concerns about people acting suspiciously but they have not amounted to criminal offences and there is nothing to suggest a link between them. In one case, however, it has been reported to us that a man did attempt to grab a child who was playing with friends near Exeter Court. We have been investigating this incident, talking to the community about it and focusing patrols in the area to try and identify the suspect. If anyone has information about this incident, I would urge them to contact us.”

– Inspector Clare Jenkins

Police investigate suspicious incident

Police are investigating a report of a suspicious incident in Parkhouse Road, Shipton Bellinger at around 9am on May 29.

A 10-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man in a white van who tried to persuade her to get in the vehicle.

The man is described as a slightly tanned, aged in his 30s or 40s and had short brown hair. He was wearing a dark green coat.

The girl did not get in the vehicle and there was no physical contact.

"We don't want to panic anyone and would like to offer reassurance to the local community. We want to make people aware of the incident and encourage anyone with any concerns to contact us on 101."

– PC Tapper from Andover police

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Reports of man approaching children

Police are asking the public to help identify a man who has twice been reported for approaching children in Hastings.

"The children did the right thing by reporting their concerns. We don't know the man's intentions and we would like to talk to him. In the first incident on 16 March he approached a 15- year-old girl walking her dog in Montgomery Road, Hastings, and made an inappropriate comment. Local schoolchildren were advised and on 24 March a 12-year-old girl reported a man, fitting the same description, approached her in Rye Road, Hastings. This time it was reported he grabbed her arm and she ran away. He's described as white, about 50, with shoulder-length grey hair, blue jeans and wearing a beanie hat. She said he got into a silver car. I would ask people to be vigilant and those who witnessed these incidents or can identify the man to contact us on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 0644 24/3."

– Detective Inspector Rob Morland

Efit released following suspicious incident

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a suspicious incident Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police have released an efit image of a man they would like to speak to following a suspicious incident in Southampton.The incident happened on the afternoon of Thursday, October 2 in the car park outside Lidl on Bursledon Road.

The victim, a 28-year-old woman, noticed a man who appeared to be taking a photo under her skirt, as she was placing her child in the car.

After she had noticed him the man walked off in the direction of the industrial units in Antelope Park.

He was described as:-

  • A white man
  • Aged 50 to 60 years old
  • Medium build
  • Long grey hair tied back in a pony tail
  • 5ft 6 to 5ft 8 tall
  • Fair complexion
  • He was wearing glasses, blue jeans and a black t-shirt.

“Do you recognise this man? If you think you can provide a name please contact us so we can speak to him about this incident and establish what happened.”

– PC Lauren Miller from Bitterne police station

Suspicious incident in Newport

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of a suspicious incident in Newport on the Isle of Wight. Detectives are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was approached by a man as she walked home along the footpath that runs behind Christ the King College at about 3.45pm on Tuesday.

The man has gone to grab the girl, however she was able to push him off and get away. She was uninjured, but shaken by the incident. The man was described as:

  • White
  • About 6ft 1ins tall
  • Average build with a bit of a belly.
  • Late 40s to mid 50s
  • Short, dark brown/greyish coloured very curly hair
  • Bushy eyebrows
  • Wearing a brown coat

Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be patrolling the area and offering advice and reassurance to local schools in the vicinity.

Reports of man acting suspiciously

Police in Tunbridge Wells are liaising with schools following reports of a man acting suspiciously in the borough.

Two reports have been made this week of a man approaching a young girl and trying to engage her in conversation.

In both cases the girls involved asked the man to leave them alone, which he did.

Detectives have been carrying out enquiries and are investigating links between the incidents. Officers have been on patrol in areas where schools are based to deter any additional incidents.

In each case the girls did exactly the right thing; they told the man to leave them alone and reported it to their parents who in turn called us. No one has been harmed in any way but we are highlighting these incidents to make sure that parents speak to their children around the importance of not talking to strangers, and reporting any suspicious behaviour. We are working to identify the man involved so we can speak to him and will keep parents updated."

– Borough Commander Chief Inspector Dave Pate

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