Young boy approached by stranger near West Auckland primary school

Kelston Primary School notified parents of the incident in a notice on Friday.
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Kelston Primary School notified parents of the incident in a notice on Friday.

Another attempted abduction has been reported near an Auckland primary school.

A young boy reported being approached by a stranger in Archibald Rd, near Kelston Primary School in West Auckland, and told to get into the man's vehicle.

A police spokeswoman said officers were looking into the incident, which happened about 8.30am on Friday.

"We're working with the school and looking to speak with the young person to determine a little bit more about what's happened."

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No description of the stranger was available, she said.

Kelston Primary School notified parents of the incident in a notice on Friday.

Police have said they have seen an increase in reports of suspicious approaches to children.

However, they believed that came from greater awareness brought on by two near misses earlier this year, rather than more actual incidents.

In late February a man tried to grab an 11-year-old girl on her way to school in St Heliers, Auckland. A couple of weeks later a similar approach was made on the North Shore.

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Reports have also been made of attempted abductions in the West Auckland suburbs of Henderson and Ranui.

"While police take these reports very seriously, it is important to stress that we are still yet to establish the exact nature of these recent incidents," Superintendent Eric Tibbott​ said.

"Child abduction in New Zealand is extremely rare. Generally speaking serious abduction kidnapping stays at a quite constant rate year on year. But we are seeing an increase in these suspicious approaches."

 - Stuff

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