Attempted abduction of children on their way to Christchurch school sparks police inquiry

The attempted abduction reportedly happened near Queenspark School on Friday morning. (File photo.)
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The attempted abduction reportedly happened near Queenspark School on Friday morning. (File photo.)

Police are investigating after a man reportedly tried to take three girls while they walked to school. 

The reported attempted abduction the Christchurch children on their way to school prompted a warning to parents to be vigilant.

Constable Kenneth Marriott said police were investigating a report of three girls being approached by a suspicious man.

The girls were followed by the van on Broadhaven Ave, before the driver approached the girls on Radiata Ave between 8.30 and 9am on Friday.

He demanded the girls get in the car, which they refused. They later told school staff what happened.

The vehicle had no windows on its side and a black strip, with the letter 'K' in the middle of the black line on both sides.

The man was Maori or Pasifika, believed to be in his mid-30s. He wore a black t- shirt and black cap with white writing. He had a blue and green "flame" tattoo on the side of his face and a loud voice. There was no-one else in the vehicle.

A statement attributed to Queenspark School principal Ross Willocks was posted on the school's Facebook page.

The statement said there had been "an attempted abduction of children" on the way to the Parklands school on Friday morning.

Willocks said police were notified.

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The Facebook post asks parents to "be vigilant".

"Please talk to your children about keeping safe on the way to and from school each day."

Willocks said in the post that the Ministry of Education had been contacted and a trauma specialist was on their way to the school.

"All teachers have been informed and will be discussing how to keep yourselves safe (as appropriate to the age level) on the way to and from school. All school channel levels have been used to inform parents and community."

Anyone who saw a van and driver who matched the description, or had any camera footage either from security cameras, dash cams, cycle cams, or images from cellphones should call Christchurch Central Police Station on 03 363 7400 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

 

 - Stuff

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