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Witness appeal after report of suspicious van in Bewdley

Police were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Merricks Lane in Bewdley between 3.15pm and 3.45pm yesterday (Tuesday, 5 December).

Two boys were walking together when a man is reported to have stopped in a black van at the junction with Oakwood Road and spoken to them from his vehicle.

The boys ran off in the direction of Cleobury Road while the van is reported to have driven off down Cleobury Road in the opposite direction towards Bewdley.

The man did not attempt to get out of the van and the boys returned home safely.

Detective Sergeant Ed Slough of West Mercia Police said: "We treat all reports of this nature seriously and it was an understandably upsetting experience for the victims.

"Investigations are currently ongoing and patrols have been increased in the area to provide reassurance for the community.

"We are keen to identify the vehicle, described as an old black van with damage to the front that included a broken or missing registration plate, and the driver, who was described as a black man, bald and around 40-years-old.

"I would also encourage parents to speak with their children about talking to strangers and reminding them to never go off with anyone they do not know, get into a vehicle or accept gifts off a stranger."

"Anyone with information should call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 453s of 5 December."

If you want to give information but don't want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form. Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won't be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you.

 

Issued: 3.45pm, Wednesday 6 December, PR, Corporate Communications

Published 06/12/17