FEAR has once again been struck into the heart of Solihull parents after a teenage girl escaped an attempted abduction in Chelmsley Wood.
The 16-year-old girl was making her way home along Moorend Avenue, near the junction with Ely Close, just before 8pm on Saturday (May 30) when a man spoke to her.
She ignored him and carried on walking, but he followed her and grabbed her coat, pulling her towards his car.
Fortunately she was able to break free and run home, where she alerted police.
This latest approach takes the total of of similar incident and attempted abductions to ten since January last year.
PC Gareth Bowen from Solihull Police said: “Fortunately the teenager was unhurt but she was left shaken by the incident and frightened to go out alone.
“We’re asking for anyone who has seen a dark grey two door car with silver tape on the passenger side window and at the bottom of the door to contact us.”
Police have conducted a number of enquiries in the area and are continuing to develop the investigation.
The man is described as black, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5’ 10″ − 6’ tall with a slim build and a shiny bald/shaven head and full beard.
He was wearing a black t-shirt and dark blue jeans.
Anyone with information should call PC Gareth Bowen on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
POLICE have reiterated the Stranger Danger message to borough youngsters:
- Never go off on your own with a stranger, take things from them or get in a car with them
- Make sure your parents know where you are
- If someone scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable, go somewhere you feel safe – this could be you home, school or a police station
- Remember to tell someone what has happened straight away
- Try and walk to and from school with a friend
Anyone approach by a stranger should find the quickest way to safely call the police on 999 immediately.