Child Abductor Alert In Wimbledon And Raynes Park

Police increase patrols around local schools

Police have warned parents and schools after reports of attempted abductions of children in Wimbledon and Raynes Park.

They have stepped up patrols in the area after receiving reports of three incidents since Tuesday June 7.

Although no one has been harmed during any of the reported incidents, which involve either attempted abductions or suspicious behaviour, police have issued a warning to local schools.

A report says in one of the incidents, a man in a white van pulled up to a young boy at the junction of Church Road and Burghley Road and asked if he wanted a lift to King's College School.

After the boy repeatedly refused and walked away, the driver reportedly said: "I'll give you credit for soldiering on like that."

The statement from Merton Police reads: "To date, the descriptions of the vehicles and drivers given by the children are different and involve both male and female drivers. We have increased patrols in the area.

"We are working with local authority partners to ensure appropriate personal safety advice is available to schools in the area. Enquiries continue."

June 15, 2016