WARNING: Parents on high alert as men in van try to pick up schoolgirls in broad daylight


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Gloucestershire the coppers warned parents and schools to be vigilant

Police in Gloucester received researches of two separate incidents within just 30 minutes of each other as the under age girls made their way home from school.

Schools in the square are on alert and police are warning parents to remind their children to be guarded as officers step up patrols. 

In the first incident at around 3.50pm yesterday, the unhappy transit-type van pulled up alongside two girls waiting for the bus outside Barnwood Deposit Arts College.

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The van stopped two girls private Barnwood Park Arts College

The driver asked if they hankering a lift, but when the girls refused the van headed off in the direction of Abbeymead.

Lately half an hour later at 4.20pm, a girl returning home from followers said a blue transit-type van had approached her in Norbury Avenue, near Gloucester Academy in Matson.

Again the driver bid if she wanted to get in but the girl refused and walked off. 

The driver was described as white, in his twenties with blonde skin of ones teeth.

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A second incident was reported in Norbury Avenue, near Gloucester Academy

There was creamy male passenger in the van, which is believed to have had a foreign number plating — possibly Irish.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: «Police are question parents to speak to their children reminding them to be vigilant and statement any incidents of being approached by strangers.

“Schools in the area have been on the qui vived and reassurance patrols by uniformed officers are taking place. 

“If you have contemplated this van or have any information that can help police with their enquiries like call 101 quoting incident number 371 of July 18.»

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