This from Prince’s Ward Weekly Newsletter. Please forward on to anyone you know with school-age children:

1. Lambeth Police Warn Parents – Attempted Child Abductions in Vauxhall
Police in Lambeth have issued a warning to parents after three attempted child abductions took place in the past week. Detectives are investigating three separate reports of a man or men approaching school children and suggesting the children go with them. Police say they are linking the incidents based on the similarities of all three but at this stage do not have an accurate description of any suspects.

1. The first incident occurred on Thursday, 15 January at around 5pm on Sancroft Street, SE11, where a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man.

2. The second incident took place on Tuesday, 20 January at around 07.20am on Kennington Lane, SE11. An 11-year-old girl was approached by two men believed to be driving a white car.

3. The third incident happened today around 08.30am, also on Kennington Lane, where a 16-year-old girl was approached by a man.

Police have increased patrols in the area and say they have been talking to local schools. They are asking parents to be extra vigilant and to report any concerns immediately. Police said: ”whilst we do not wish to cause alarm I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. I understand that the community will be concerned about these recent incidents and I want to reassure parents and carers that we are treating this extremely seriously”. Please be vigilant and contact the police if you happen to notice anything suspicious. A man has since been arrested.