Arrests after girl is approached in country lane

The 13-year-old was walking close to Prinsted Lane, in Emsworth. Picture: Google Maps

The 13-year-old was walking close to Prinsted Lane, in Emsworth. Picture: Google Maps

  • Girl approached as she walked alone by men in a lorry
  • They tried to entice her into the lorry
  • She refused and, a short while later, two men were arrested in Havant
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TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to abduct a schoolgirl.

The 13-year-old was walking close to Prinsted Lane, Emsworth, when a lorry pulled up beside her.

This is a very rare offence and we are not looking for anyone else connected with this matter

Detective Inspector David Springett

According to police, the driver and passenger tried to entice her into the vehicle.

The girl quickly contacted the police and a trace was put on the lorry. It was found a few miles away, in West Leigh, Havant.

Both the driver and the passenger were arrested.

Detective Inspector David Springett, from Sussex Police, said: ‘This is a very rare offence and we are not looking for anyone else connected with this matter.

‘I would like to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the Prinsted Lane area at the time or who may have been approached by the two men prior to this incident.’

It happened shortly after 3pm on Monday.

The girl was not touched or harmed in any way. Police say she did not know the suspects.

Headteachers across the area have been asked by police to make pupils aware of how to react when they are approached by a stranger.

Schools have sent out letters to parents explaining what happened on Monday.

There was originally confusion over whether there were two incidents, but a spokesman at Sussex Police said it is not being linked with any other.

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who represents Emsworth on Havant Borough Council and is a former police detective, said: ‘It just shows how careful we all have to be and how observant we have to be.

‘The police have done a reasonably good job in tracking these guys down.

‘They will interview them and see whether it was a prank or something more serious.

‘It just shows all of us to keep our eyes open and watch out for the vulnerable.’

A 52-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both from Middlesex, were arrested on suspicion of attempted abduction.

Both men have been bailed until July 12.

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1034 of 29/06.

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