Attempted Child Abduction in Fair Oak

Blue Police LampPolice are appealing for information about a suspicious incident in Fair Oak in which a girl was approached by a man.

The 11-year-old was walking with her bicycle along Alan Drayton Way sometime around 7pm and 7.15pm, Wednesday, July 17.

She was approached by a man in a white transit-style van who stopped to ask her questions which frightened her.

She managed to cycle away and saw the man drive off in the direction of Eastleigh.

Detectives have been conducting an extensive investigation and a 46-year-old Eastleigh man was arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction.

As a result of their enquiries so far, officers are now in a position to appeal to the wider public for information.

DC Claire Reynolds from Eastleigh CID said:

“We’re investigating a potentially serious incident involving a young girl who was approached by a man on a busy road on Wednesday evening.”

“I would like to hear from any witnesses who may have been stopped in traffic as a result of the van stopping on Alan Drayton Way or who may have spoken to or seen the girl visibly upset afterwards.”

“We’ve not received any similar reports in the nearby area but the local Safer Neighbourhoods police teams are focusing their patrols as a result.”

“I would urge parents to remain alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to us on 999 immediately.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact DC Reynolds at Eastleigh CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.