Attempt to Abduct Two Hammersmith Schoolgirls

Police are investigating an attempted abduction of two schoolgirls at King Street on the junction of Studland Street, Hammersmith, on Wednesday.

The two girls, aged 10 and 11, both white and wearing casual clothing were attempting to cross the road at Studland Street at 11:50 in the morning when they were approached by an unknown man believed to be in his fifties.

The suspect grabbed one of the girls by the arm and put his other arm around the second child. He then asked them to go with him and attempted to lead them away.

One of the girls kicked him in the shin and both were able to run away to a nearby shop and raising the alarm.

The man ran off along King Street towards Hammersmith Broadway. Police do not know if he had a vehicle nearby or not.

He is described as white, 50-60 yrs old, 5'6" to 5'7" with greying hair.

No arrests as yet and detectives at Hammersmith would like to hear from anyone who was in the King Street/Studland Street area at about lunchtime on August 21st especially if they saw anything of the incident. We would also like to hear from anyone who has any information on who the man might be.

At this time this incident is not being linked to any others but police would ask that parents and children show extra vigilance until this man is apprehended.

The telephone number for the team of officers under DCI Darren Curtis investigating the attempted abduction is 0208 563 1212 and ask for CID at Hammersmith.

August 22, 2002

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