Police say Waterlooville incidents are not connected

The footpath off Frendstaple Road that was cordoned off following the attack on Saturday
The footpath off Frendstaple Road that was cordoned off following the attack on Saturday
Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton and District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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POLICE say a series of suspicious incidents, including an attack on a teenager and children being chased, are not linked.

In the past fortnight there have been several reports of people acting suspiciously in the Waterlooville area.

The most recent incident was on Saturday night when a 14-year-old girl was assaulted in the Shaftesbury Avenue area of the town.

But police have confirmed they have investigated a report from October 1 in which 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 and police say no crime was committed.

They are still investigating the attack on the teenage girl to find out the exact circumstances.

Officers are keen to reassure the community in the Stakes, Purbrook and Crookhorn areas of Waterlooville over the safety of their children after three more suspicious incidents were reported in the area.

Inspector Dave Humphries said: ‘We can confirm further allegations of suspicious incidents in the area initially considered as being linked, are not.

‘While enquiries are ongoing on one of the incidents, investigations into the others have found that no offences have been committed.

‘Although each are suspicious in nature, the circumstances of them in their own right are all very different and are not connected or linked to the assault.

‘We will continue to investigate all such reports of suspicious behaviour and we would still urge all parents to be aware of educating their children about stranger danger and staying safe.

‘However, at this time we would urge people not to be alarmed, but to remain vigilant and continue reporting any suspicious behaviour to police.’

Call police on 101 with information.