Schools and parents are on high alert after two groups of teenage girls were offered a lift home by men in a transit van. Police in Gloucester received reports of two separate incidents within just 30 minutes of each other as the young girls made their way home from school. Schools in the area are on alert and police are warning parents to remind their children to be vigilant as officers step up patrols.
In the first incident at around 3.50pm yesterday, the blue transit-type van pulled up alongside two girls waiting for the bus outside Barnwood Park Arts College. The driver asked if they wanted a lift, but when the girls refused the van headed off in the direction of Abbeymead. Just half an hour later at 4.20pm, a girl returning home from school said a blue transit-type van had approached her in Norbury Avenue, near Gloucester Academy in Matson.
Again the driver asked if she wanted to get in but the girl refused and walked off. The driver was described as white, in his twenties with blonde hair. There was white male passenger in the van, which is believed to have had a foreign number plate – possibly Irish. A police spokesman said: “Police are asking parents to speak to their children reminding them to be vigilant and report any incidents of being approached by strangers. Schools in the area have been alerted and reassurance patrols by uniformed officers are taking place. “