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Police warning after girl approached

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

POLICE are hunting a man who tried to coax a little girl into his car.

They are also warning parents to tell their children about the importance of not talking to strangers, following the disturbing incident.

Page five lead with pic . . .By Seb Short

Sebastian.short@ecng.co.uk

POLICE are hunting a man who tried to coax a little girl into his car.

They are also warning parents to tell their children about the importance of not talking to strangers, following the disturbing incident that occurred on Saturday afternoon.

An 11-year-old girl was walking along Aster Road, on the Chantry estate. A man, driving a van, pulled up next to the startled youngster and asked her to get inside.

However the sensible youngster ignored his advances and ran to the home of her grandparents which was nearby.

The van driver is described as a black male, aged over 40 years-old, with a goatee beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt and had a sovereign ring.

The van was a white, older model, with a ladder and an amber light on the roof.

Today Suffolk Police have said that they are not linking the incident with any other accosting attempts in the town, or incidents of a more serious nature.

Detective Sergeant Paul Barber, of Ipswich Police Station, said: "The girl involved in this incident did exactly the right thing. She did not go over to the vehicle and she ignored the man, before going on to a safe place at her grandparents."

The man leading the investigation into the incident added: "We would re-iterate to parents to make sure that their children know not go over to vehicles if called and to ignore any advances by strangers. We do take this type of incidents very seriously.

"Also we would ask that anyone with information about this incident should call us on 01473 613500 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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