Warning after young girls followed by car
Fears over a car believed to be following young girls in a village near Wigan have prompted warnings.
Mothers of the two girls, who were both followed by a driver in a silver car in Coppull, near Standish, have also called for residents with CCTV cameras to get in touch.One mother posted on social media said: “Please be vigilant that there are two reports of a silver car that has followed, kerb crawled, girls in our village.“Please remind your children of the dangers of approaching strangers.“The first incident happened on Saturday, April 21, around 9pm near to Poplar Drive, Chapel Lane and Hurstbrook involving a silver estate car.“The second incident was on Saturday, April 28 around 6pm on Grange Drive and Spendmore Lane, near to Tansley Avenue, involving a silver car. “This involved my 11-year-old daughter. She was aware of a car stopping for no reason at the kerb near to her, causing her to cross over and when she reappeared, the car followed her again on Spendmore Lane.”
“She came home and told us straight away. This has never happened before and she felt really concerned by it.”
The police spokesman said he did not have any records of the incident on Saturday, April 21.
However the mother of the girl who was followed, who did not want to be named, said she had reported the incident to officers.
She wrote online: “Tell your children to keep their phones charged please.
“My daughter forgot her portable charger and her battery was dead please just make sure kids have a way of getting in touch with someone.”
She also said that the man who followed her daughter was in his 20s and black.
It is not clear if the two incidents are connected.
Just last week Standish High School in Kenyon Road issued a warning to parents by text.
It warned of a man, believed to be Eastern European in his 30s and wearing glasses, beckoning female pupils to get off the 362 bus every Friday.
The message, which was sent out in a text, urged parents to report any incidents to Greater Manchester Police.