Thursday, March 24, 2011

Two Suspicious Incidents

I've been asked to share details by Kent Police of two suspicious incidents in the Thanet area.

As you will see from their press statement below, they refer to the fact that there is currently a great deal of speculation online. These are the facts from the police, so if you hear anything else from anyone about these incidents, please feel free share this information to set the record straight.

In the first incident, on Saturday, 19 March, in Chichester Road, Ramsgate, a man is reported to have encouraged a five-year-old girl to sit in his car. The girl, who had been playing with a friend, said 'No' and alerted her mother to the incident.

In the second incident on Wednesday, 23 March in Millmead Road, Margate, it is reported that a man opened a garden gate and spoke to a three-year-old boy in his back garden.

Police say they are not ruling out a link between the two incidents.

DS John Cooper said:

‘Clearly these incidents are concerning and we are keen to hear from anyone who has any information that will help us with our investigations.

There has been a great deal of speculation and misinformation via the internet about these cases, and although I appreciate these messages are being circulated with the best of intentions, what we need is factual information that will allow us to run an effective investigation.

‘Our advice to parents and guardians, who undoubtedly be worried about these events, is to remain vigilant, ensure your children are supervised and well versed in the potential risks associated in talking to strangers.’


If you have information that will help police, please contact 01622 690690. Alternatively contact Kent CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.

For more news, advice and information from Kent Police, visit www.kent.police.uk, follow 'kent_police' on Twitter or search 'Kent Police' on Facebook.

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