1. ITV Report

Police appeal as driver offers nine year old girl a lift

Police are investigating reports that a man asked a nine year old school girl in Beyton to get in his car.

They are appealing for the driver of a medium sized navy blue car to come forward as officers investigate an incident in Church Road that took place between 4pm and 5pm on Friday afternoon, 5 October.

A nine-year-old girl was waiting for some friends, standing in an alcove at the Bury Road crossroad junction, when the dark blue car – similar to a Honda Accord – travelling from the Hessett direction pulled up at the junction.

A man driving the vehicle wound down the window and asked her if she was OK. The girl said she was and that she was waiting for some friends. The man asked if she wanted a lift anywhere and she said no and the man then left.

Police have spoken to the nine-year-old girl again this afternoon and officers now believe there may be an innocent explanation for the incident, but are appealing for the driver involved to come forward.

“It is possible that the driver may just have been concerned to see a young girl standing there on her own but clearly it has raised concerns and the girl has rightly refused the offer and gone to report the incident to her parents straight away. If there is an innocent explanation it is now important that the driver involved comes forward.”

– Detective Inspector David Giles

The man involved is described as white, in his 30s or 40s, with short dark hair and was wearing a cream/brown jumper.

Police are making enquiries into the incident, including carrying out house to house enquiries and trying to trace the vehicle, but if this was you – or if you have any information about who it was – please call Suffolk Police on 101.

Officers are also asking anyone who was in the area around this time who may have seen what happened to get in touch.

Following publicity about this police have also taken a report of an incident that happened around 6.30pm on Tuesday 2 October in Bradbrook Close in Bury St Edmunds.

An eight-year-old boy was walking along when he noticed a dark coloured car being driven slowly alongside him. The male driver - described as white, possibly around 30, with dark hair - did not stop, gesture or talk to the boy, but appeared to be staring at him. The incident was not reported to police until yesterday, Saturday 6 October, and there may be an innocent explanation for this too but police need the drivers involved to come forward.

Anyone with information should call Suffolk Police on 101.