Police investigate four attempted abductions


Four attempted abductions of children are currently being investigated by police.

Thames Valley Police has now released an E-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the first two incidents of attempted child abduction in the city.

The first incident happened on Monday June 6 at about 6pm in Walton Road, Middleton. A 13-year-old boy was approached by a man driving a white transit style van. The driver told the boy to get in the van and the boy ran off.

The second incident happened on Thursday June 9 at about 4.30pm in Lichfield Drive, Walnut Tree, near to Heronsgate Middle School. A 10-year-old boy was approached by a man in a blue van with a white bonnet and told to ‘get in the car now’. The boy told him ‘no’ and ran off.

The man in the E-fit is white, aged around 30 to 40, and slim.

Police are also investigating two other reports of similar incidents which happened yesterday (15/6). The first was at 12.30pm in Kelling Way, Middleton, where a man in a red van, with yellow writing, approached a 9-year-old boy and told him to get in.

The second was at about 8.08pm in Plaistow Crescent, Monkston Park, where a man in a white van approached a group of four boys and told them to get in.

Det Ch Insp Justin Fletcher said: “Although we have received four separate reports of similar incidents, the vehicle and offender descriptions for the two incidents yesterday are totally different from the first two offences. The victims in the first two offences have given almost identical descriptions of the offender and this is the man pictured in the E-fit.

“Obviously we are taking this very seriously and we would advise parents to make sure they know where there children are and who they are with. We would also ask parents to reinforce the general message about not talking to strangers.

“I would stress that at no time during these incidents was any attempt made to grab the child or physically force them into the vehicle and in each case the child has refused and the offender has driven away.”

Ch Insp Ed McLean, deputy commander for Milton Keynes, said: “We will be working closely with our partners and schools to get the safety messages out to parents and teachers. We are increasing patrols in the affected areas and we will be posting leaflets through people’s doors to make sure they are aware. We don’t want to scare people but we do have a duty to let people know about these incidents and advise parents to be vigilant.”

Anyone with information about these offences or thinks they know the identity of the man in the E-fit should contact the police on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.