Police warning over accosting incidents

POLICE in Suffolk have linked the accosting of a schoolgirl in Ipswich with several other incidents in the town in recent days.

POLICE in Suffolk have linked the accosting of a schoolgirl in Ipswich with several other incidents in the town in recent days.

The latest case took place in Gannet Road at about 3.30pm Monday when the girl was approached by a man driving a blue Mercedes - similar to one spotted four times near local schools.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “A 15-year-old female was walking home from school and near to the junction with Hawthorn Drive when a large blue vehicle drove slowly alongside her.

“The passenger, who was a white male, beckoned to her but she ran away to the library nearby.”

Police are linking this incident to previous reports of a blue Mercedes with tinted windows being driven “suspiciously” near schools in the town.

The first incident occurred at about 11.15am on Wednesday May 6 in Mallard Way, near Chantry High School.

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A 15-year-old girl was walking home from school when the driver sounded his horn and called out to her. The car's music was being played very loudly and the girl felt scared and ran home.

The car was seen later that day parked outside Hillside Primary School.

The third incident occurred the next morning when a 12-year-old girl was followed along Maidenhall Approach.

The car was being driven very slowly and driver called out to her. She too was scared and ran off to school.

That same morning a boy saw the car in Chatsworth Crescent outside the Co-op - not far from Halifax Primary School.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Teams are increasing patrols in the area in order to identify the vehicle and children have been warned to be extra vigilant.

Anyone with information about this car or the driver is urged to call Pc Samuel Dines on 01473 613500 or 999 in an emergency.