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Girl claims man tried to abduct her in Gosport

By Bethan Phillips

4:38pm Thursday 17th January 2013

Girl claims man tried to abduct her

An investigation has been launched after a schoolgirl reported that a man tried to grab her in Gosport.

The 12-year-old girl was walking to school along Lanyard Drive this morning at 7.30am when a man driving a silver or grey car pulled up alongside her.

The man, described as aged in his 30s with a grey goatee-style beard, got out of the car and tried to grab her by one of her shoulders.

But the girl managed to shrug off his grip and ran away.

Police say they are “concerned” that the report is so similar to another incident earlier in the month.

Chief Inspector Darren O'Callaghan said: "Police are in the early stages of enquiries, and there is no evidence at the moment to confirm a link between this report or any other crimes.

"Nevertheless, we are clearly concerned that this report is similar to an assault reported in Conifer Grove in Gosport on January 10 when two men in a silver car approached a 17-year-old girl.

"I would like to thank members of the public for reporting this information to the police promptly.

"Similar cases elsewhere in Hampshire have raised awareness of suspicious behaviour towards children and women.

"Continued co-operation from the community is important to ensure the facts are established swiftly and any offenders brought to justice.

"While the exact circumstances are investigated, police are asking the public to remain alert, but not alarmed; advising parents and schools to remind their children of the stranger danger message, and to report any incidents to us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information should contact CID at Fareham Police Station by phoning 101.



dolomiteman says...
5:46pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Could someone please let us know how 'a great goatee-style beard' differs from a regular goatee?

cantthinkofone says...
5:59pm Thu 17 Jan 13

dolomiteman wrote:
Could someone please let us know how 'a great goatee-style beard' differs from a regular goatee?
It was either massive, or it was just nicely styled and really suited him.

In stark contrast to the recent story of a girl who noticed someone was walking behind her (according to the report - not making any attempt to do anything, speak to her, or do anything other than walk along the pavement in her vicinity) and decided she was IN DANGER OF ABDUCTION, this incident does sound like a legitimate concern - especially given the similarities with another incident in the same area.

Both incidents in Bridgemary/Rowner. I hope there's an increase in foot police in the area, out of uniform - it's not a huge patch, and the suspect sounds pretty distinctive.

I'm surprised that there's been no CCTV tracing of the car's numberplate from either incident though? Cameras everywhere these days, numberplate recognition, description of the car - what gives?

Jen87brs says...
6:43pm Thu 17 Jan 13

It says Grey, not great!! Lol

cantthinkofone says...
8:31pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Jen87brs wrote:
It says Grey, not great!! Lol
They've edited it. I saw what dolomiteman was referring to, and it said "great" earlier.

I assumed it was just a well illin' goatee, bare sick.

Or something.

I'm old. :-(

dolomiteman says...
11:40pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Yep it's been editted, why can't the Echo proof read and edit before printing?
I thought 'great goetee' may be a certain style!

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