Motorist hunted after 'stranger danger' fear in Eastiegh

Motorist hunted after 'stranger danger' fear

Motorist hunted after 'stranger danger' fear

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

POLICE are hunting a man after a number of children in Hampshire have been approached by a stranger in a car during the last two months.

Parents and schools in Eastleigh have be warned to be on the lookout for an older man driving a dark green or silver car, while urging them to remind their children about stranger danger.

Extra police patrols have been set up in the area in a bid to catch the man and reassure residents, while officers are scouring CCTV footage.

A 76-year-old man from the Eastleigh area has been arrested in connection with the investigation but he has been bailed as police continue their enquiries.

The incidents took place between June 3 and July 11, where children are believed to have been approached by a man they did not know in a car.

None of the children have been harmed in any of the incidents, but police are keen to speak to this man.

The man is thought to look in his 50s or 60s, with white/grey hair, and on each occasion he was driving a Mercedes/Skoda type vehicle that was either dark green or silver.

Police have confirmed that they are taking each incident seriously and are appealing for anyone who spots a vehicle driven by a male fitting that description to pass on the vehicle registration details to police so that they can investigate further.

Letters home to parents add: “We are aware that there are many vehicles and persons fitting this description, and because of this we ask that you do not do anything else other than pass details to on police.”

Eastleigh’s Safer Neighbourhood Team is also reminding parents and children about personal safety and asking schools to deliver “keep safe”

assemblies for students.

Youngsters are being urged to report any incident of being approached by a stranger to an adult as soon as possible, and not to walk home from school on their own.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Hampshire Constabulary can confirman ongoing investigation into a series of reports of suspicious incidents in Eastleigh.A 76-year-old man from Eastleigh has been arrested in connection with these reports and has been bailed pending further enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact DS Sarah Dring at Eastleigh CID on 101.

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9:35am Sat 19 Jul 14

All said and done says...

With those descriptions I think you are looking for two different cars.
With those descriptions I think you are looking for two different cars. All said and done
  • Score: 2

9:48am Sat 19 Jul 14

excusemoi says...

I guess this perv looks young for his age, he looks 50-60's, but a 76 year old was arrested?
I guess this perv looks young for his age, he looks 50-60's, but a 76 year old was arrested? excusemoi
  • Score: 1

11:00am Sat 19 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

Rather than start a witch hunt maybe just maybe the guy is INNOCENT and was simply lost. I love the hysteria the media create that now nobody should trust ANY adult for they may be a peado. m sorry but there's something called "innocent until proven guilty" and it angers me the media try their best to whip up hysteria and try to smear everyone as a potenial child molestor, when facts say a child is far more likely to be abused by someone they KNOW rather than random person on the street
Rather than start a witch hunt maybe just maybe the guy is INNOCENT and was simply lost. I love the hysteria the media create that now nobody should trust ANY adult for they may be a peado. m sorry but there's something called "innocent until proven guilty" and it angers me the media try their best to whip up hysteria and try to smear everyone as a potenial child molestor, when facts say a child is far more likely to be abused by someone they KNOW rather than random person on the street Mary80
  • Score: 9

11:17am Sat 19 Jul 14

cliffwalker says...

To avoid confusion, can the Echo confirm the town involved is Eastleigh not Eastiegh? (Import a 15 year old student to check your spelling, Echo?)
To avoid confusion, can the Echo confirm the town involved is Eastleigh not Eastiegh? (Import a 15 year old student to check your spelling, Echo?) cliffwalker
  • Score: 2

4:23pm Sat 19 Jul 14

richieroo says...

Dark green or silver?. Two colours that are easily confused!!?!. & the car looks like a Merc or Skoda... So anywhere between a Smart car & a GL size wise, driven by a man in his 50's - 60's. Not exactly narrowing it down other than it's not a woman driving a lorry, although with the standard of reporting in this rag recently I wouldn't rule it out either!!!. :-D
Dark green or silver?. Two colours that are easily confused!!?!. & the car looks like a Merc or Skoda... So anywhere between a Smart car & a GL size wise, driven by a man in his 50's - 60's. Not exactly narrowing it down other than it's not a woman driving a lorry, although with the standard of reporting in this rag recently I wouldn't rule it out either!!!. :-D richieroo
  • Score: 6

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