Police are warning children to travel to school in groups after a girl was abducted off the street.The girl, dressed in her school uniform, was taken by two white men driving a silver car at around 8.25am on Wednesday morning from the from a busy street in Oxford. She was found knocking on doors nearly four hours later, more than a mile away on Cavendish Drive, Marston.
The girl is now being cared for by specialist police officers and Thames Valley Police (TVP) have urged parents to make sure their children walk to school in groups. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Steel of TVP major crime unit, said: “We are in the early stages of this investigation and we are carrying out extensive enquiries. But I would appreciate the public’s help in relation to this very serious incident.
“This happened in what would have been a very busy area at this time of the day and I appeal to anybody who was in that area … and saw an incident which matches the above report to call police immediately. It is possible you may have witnessed this incident and may not have realised the severity of the situation.”
Local policing commander for Oxford, Superintendent Christian Bunt said: “In light of this we are stepping up patrols in the area to provide reassurance and there will be a very visible police presence while the investigation continues.”