Plea after second girl followed

19:04, Nov 13 2012

Police are urging members of the public to report suspicious activity, after a second Invercargill girl was followed on her way to school.

Constable Jenna Croton, of Invercargill, said the 16-year-old Southland Girls' High School pupil was followed by an unknown man about 8.15am yesterday.

The man was initially on a bike, described as an older model, but dismounted and followed the girl for three or four minutes through the Harvey Norman car park towards Mary St.

The girl, who was shaken by the incident, had described the male as of medium build with short grey hair and a "wrinkly face", possibly in his 50s or 60s, Ms Croton said.

He did not have a helmet on at the time but was wearing trackpants, Ms Croton said.

The incident is the second in less than a week that a young girl has been followed by unknown men.


Yesterday, Ms Croton said parents needed to report suspicious incidents to police immediately.

"I think it's happening a lot more than we know about. Police want to hear from anyone if something's happened to their daughter," she said.

On Friday last week, a 13-year-old girl ran into Russell Square fearing for her safety when a van-load of males followed her up the road as she walked to school.

The van followed her up Ness St between Dalrymple St and Balmoral Dr for about five minutes before the males opened the door of the van and spoke to her.

The Southland Times