Police cool fears circulating on Facebook of attempted abductions in Newark and surrounding villages
Police in Newark have themselves taken to social media in an attempt to quell fears and suggestions of multiple attempts to abduct youngsters in the Newark area that are being shared on Facebook.
Officers said: "It has been brought to our attention that rumours and false media posts are circulating in Newark and surrounding areas on Facebook and other social sites in relation to the attempted abduction of children and two female joggers, which was not the case.
"We wish to clear up any concerns with facts."
As reported by the Advertiser online at the time, the truth of the matter is that there is one report being investigated, which involved no physical contact with a 14-year-old female jogger who witnessed activity she and several members of the public took to be suspicious.
In relation to that incident, police posted today (Saturday): "Police in Newark are appealing for information and witnesses after a 14-year-old girl was reported to have been followed by people acting suspiciously in Syerston.
"The incident happened on the A46 near Syerston Hall at around 3.15pm on Friday, June 27, 2020.
"Drivers in a white van and a car, believed to be a white BMW, are thought to have acted suspiciously near the girl as she walked up the road.
"No physical contact or any attempts were made on the girl."
Sergeant Taylor, of Newark Police, said “We take all reports of such incidents from the public very seriously and investigate them as thoroughly as we are able to based upon the information we have.
"In this particular case, we have referred to this as a suspicious incident, as we are not able to ascertain the intentions or reasons behind the individual’s behaviour.
"Whilst this has been described as an attempted abduction in various media posts, there was no direct action to support that supposition.
"Officers would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have CCTV footage of what happened. Call 101 option seven quoting incident Number 555 of 27th June 2020.
"We appreciate any information you think may help in our investigation.
"If anyone has any concerns about suspicious behaviour of any kind, we would encourage them to report it to us by calling 999 (if an emergency) 101 or through our online reporting services.
"Thank you for your co-operation."
More by this authorDan Churcher
This website and its associated newspaper are members of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO)