Man tried to make boy get into his car on Essex street

Essex Police is appealing for information after an attempted accosting in South Ockendon last month.

They are seeking to speak with a woman who intervened when a man attempted to accost a boy in the town.

In a statement, Essex Police said: “[On May 17], at around 3.20pm the victim, a boy of secondary school age, was walking along Fairham Avenue when an old-style black saloon car with tinted windows stopped alongside him.

“The driver asked the boy to get into the car.

“He was described as a white man aged around 40, bald and of muscular build. He spoke with a non-local, British accent.

“The boy ignored this and as he walked off, the driver beeped his car horn to get the boy’s attention.

“A woman intervened and spoke to the driver, before he drove off at speed towards Daiglen Drive.

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“The boy was unharmed and made his way home.”

Police are now seeking to speak to the woman who intervened in the incident.

They said: “She is described as a black woman, believed to be aged around 30 and of slim build. She was last seen walking towards Foyle Drive.”

Detective Inspector James Healy, who is leading the investigation, said: “We take reports of this nature very seriously.

“We do not want our young people being frightened and approached in the street by people they do not know.

“That’s why we want to speak to the woman who stopped and spoke to the driver as quickly as possible as she may be able to help us quickly identify the driver and stop him from doing it again.”

Essex Live