Parents warned after children approached by men in van in Little Bloxwich

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Little Bloxwich is quite a busy neighbourhood, so there’s a good chance someone saw something. Imagery from Apple Maps.

Walsall Police have issued a warning to local parents after two reported incidents of children being approached by a pair of men in a white Transit van in the little Bloxwich area.

I think readers of the Brownhills Blog should be aware of the warning and keep an eye out, too, please.

Walsall Police issued the following statement on Facebook yesterday (Tuesday 14th June 2016):

We are warning parents to be vigilant after reports of two men behaving suspiciously in the Little Bloxwich area.

Two incidents have been reported where the occupants of a white transit van, one black and one white, have tried to entice two young boys into the van, offering them a lift to school.

The first incident was on Maple Street on Thursday 9 June and the second was on Ryle Street on Monday 13 June with both happening around 8.20am.

We have stepped up patrols in the area during school travelling times and are asking parents to remind their children about stranger danger.

Anyone who sees anything suspicious should call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

This is clearly a very worrying incident – so please, if you have any information, do speak to the police. If you know who the men might be, or if you saw anything at all, please do contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stay safe, folks.

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One Response to Parents warned after children approached by men in van in Little Bloxwich

  1. From WM Police 10 minutes ago (2:10pm)

    We have arrested two people after reports of attempted child abductions in the Walsall area during the last week.

    Officers stopped a van believed to be connected to the incidents in Bloxwich yesterday afternoon and a 53-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction. They have since been released on police bail with strict conditions while enquiries continue.

    We are trying to determine the circumstances of the incidents to establish if a crime has taken place or was intended.

    Meanwhile we would urge parents to be vigilant and remind their children of the stranger danger message.

    For more information see: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/

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