I notice from a number of sources and circulating social media that police and schools in Aldridge and Streetly are warning parents about an incident in Berry Drive, Aldridge on Monday, June 8th 2015.
I think readers of the Brownhills Blog should be aware of the warning and keep an eye out, too, please.
An article in the Walsall Advertiser reads:
Schools in Walsall and Sutton Coldfield on alert after attempted abduction of schoolgirl
By Walsall Advertiser | Posted: June 09, 2015
Letters and text messages have been sent to parents at schools in Streetly and Aldridge following the reported incident.
A letter – which is signed off by Keith Farquhar, headteacher of Cooper and Jordan School – has been shared with the Advertiser and says that the incident occurred yesterday (Monday, June 8).
A female student from Aldridge School was allegedly approached by a man driving a white and green transit van, which has writing on the side.
The man has been described as a white male, aged 20 to 30 years old, with brown, short style hair.
The incident is said to have occurred in Berry Drive at 8am.
In the letter, Mr Farquhar adds: ‘Please remind your son/daughter about safety to and from school and not to talk to strangers.’
Text message alerts have also been sent to parents of pupils at Lindens Primary School, in Streetly.
It stated: ‘We have been notified that an attempted abduction has taken place in the Aldridge area.White male, green and white van. Please be vigilant.’
The school confirmed they were informed about the incident by Blackwood Primary School, in Streetly.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘The father of a 13-year-old girl reported to police that a man in a green and white van shouted at his daughter on her way to school in Berry Drive, Aldridge yesterday morning (Monday, June 8).
‘The man made no effort to get out of the van and the girl continued to school where she told staff about the incident.
‘An officer attended Aldridge School and spoke to the teenager and her father.
‘The school used the event as an opportunity to remind parents of the need to teach young people the stranger danger message.’