Lewisham Police @MPSLewisham want to reassure residents about “kidnappings” in the borough.

The Metropolitan Police Service – Lewisham have issued a press release about the recent ‘kidnappings’ that have occured in Lewisham to reassure local residents. Their release is below.

—–Original Enquiry—–
As a parent of two small children, one of whom is at primary school, I am very worried by the
recent spate of attempted child abductions in the area. The only information we have received
about the most recent incident was a text message from our daughter’s school. We are
concerned that vital information may be missed as the wider community is not being made aware
of what’s happening. Can you let me know what is being done to gather witnesses / information?
Do the Police have any sense of whether these incidents are connected? And do the Police have any advice for local parents beyond ‘Be vigilant’?

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From: Lewisham Neighbourhood Policing – METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE
Sent: 14 March

As it stands there has only been one incident of attempted abduction which occurred on 5th
February at Thorpewood Avenue, details available here http://goo.gl/52mhV

On 27 February 2013 and 28 February we were made aware of three incidents and it was
established those incidents are not criminal offences

There was an incident on Monday 11th March 2013 occurred at Sydenham Park Road and at this
time that is being treated as an assault not as an attempted abduction. Details of that incident can
be found here http://goo.gl/rXbnN and we are appealing for information

None of these incidents are being treated as linked/connected

School officers and Safer Neighbourhoods Teams (SNTs) in Lewisham are continuing to work
closely with local schools and, where necessary, have increased patrols.

We continue to talk to local schools about child safety and to ensure that the information being
shared and sent to parents is factually accurate. We are specifically asking the schools to ensure
that they liaise with a police officer prior to sending correspondence that may alarm or distress
parents unnecessarily

Please can you share this with other parents who are equally concerned and would like
information on what we are actually dealing with, there has been the suggestion through social
media sites and equally blogs that we are dealing with numerous attempted abductions and linked
incidents which is not the case.

Regarding the incident on 5th February and the incident on 11th March, we have sent out a media
appeal for information both locally and regionally.

Equally Detectives have handed out leaflets with information on the two incidents to those that
live nearby to where they have occurred in order to locate any potential witnesses. SNTs where
necessary have increased their patrols as we have already stated above. Contact has been made
with all headteachers in the borough regarding what we are doing.

We are equally reminding parents to remind their children not to talk to strangers, to frequent
crowded places, if alarmed to go into a shop and alert an assistant, or to approach a police officer,
to not approach people who solicit them from a parked car and for parents to accompany much
younger children to and from school.

I hope this provides you with a detailed explanation and allays some of your fears

Total Policing is the Met’s commitment to be on the streets and in your communities to catch
offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are here for London, working with you to make
our capital safer.

Find us at:
Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk
Twitter: @metpoliceuk
Lewisham Borough Police Twitter: @MPSLewisham

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