Police investigate series of incidents involving children in Waterlooville


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Police officers have launched an investigation after a number of suspicious incidents involving children in Waterlooville.

As reported in The News, a 14-year-old girl was assaulted on a footpath near Frendstaple Road on Saturday.

But Hampshire Constabulary has just released details of three other incidents dating back to September 27.

In the first incident on September 27, two 14-year-old girls reported a man acting suspiciously in the Shaftesbury Avenue area.

It happened at around 8.45pm.

The girls described the man as white, in his late 20s, about 5ft 2ins tall, skinny, and with light brown short hair.

He wore a baggy white zipped jacket with gold stripes on the sleeves and baggy blue jeans.

Then on October 1, at 5pm, two 11-year-old girls reported a man following and running after them along Park Farm Road towards Shaftesbury Avenue.

The man did not attempt to talk to the girls or make any physical contact.

They described the man as white, between 35 and 50 years old, around 6ft tall of medium build and with broad shoulders.

He had black, short hair and wore a white T-shirt with a yellow symbol on the front and black hooded or rain jacket with dark jeans.

He also had a sleeve tattoo on one of his arms.

Another incident happened on October 4 at 9.30am.

A 14-year-old was riding his bike through Newlease Coppice when a male dressed in black ran after him.

The man is described as 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, and dressed all in black clothing with a hood on.

Then on October 4, a 14-year-old girl was assaulted on a footpath near Frendstaple Road at around 7.30pm.

Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway, the district commander for Havant and Waterlooville police, said: ‘We are treating these incidents seriously and we are keeping an open mind currently about whether or not they are linked.

‘In each case the description of the person involved has been quite different.

‘We would ask parents to make sure their children are aware of the stranger-danger messages and to report any suspicious activity to us on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.’