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Police warning after man tries to lure Stortford schoolgirl into vehicle

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Herts & Essex High School girls en route to school Pic: Vikki Lince
Herts & Essex High School girls en route to school Pic: Vikki Lince

Police have issued a warning to parents after a man in a white van tried to lure a Bishop's Stortford schoolgirl into his vehicle.

The student was making her way to Herts and Essex High School at 8.40am on Tuesday (Nov 20) when she was approached by the van driver in Parsonage Lane and offered a lift. She declined and carried on to meet her friends.

At no point did the driver try to get out of the van or use force to attempt to get her in.

Insp Mark Corkin said: “While the circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear at this stage, I fully understand that this will cause concern within the local community and I would like to assure people that further enquiries are in hand.

“The girl did exactly the right thing by not engaging with the man and I would like to take this opportunity to ask parents to remind their children what to do should they be appraoched by a stranger.”

In a message sent via ParentMail by the town’s primary and secondary schools, the schoolgirl was praised for acting sensibly and keeping herself safe.

Parents have been advised to speak to their children about their personal safety and to remind them of the need to keep themselves safe should a similar situation arise.

Police are expected to increase their presence outside the Warwick Road school over the next couple of days to provide reassurance to parents and pupils.

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