Police investigating attempt abduction of 13-year-old girl

Hull: Public's help required to identify man on bike

30 Apr 2016

Officers investigating an alleged kidnap near Willerby Road, West Hull yesterday are urging witnesses to come forward.

Between 8.30am and 8.45am yesterday (Friday April 29) a 13-year-old girl was walking down a cycle track alone at the back of Springhead Park Golf Club, Willerby Road, when it is alleged a man in his early 20’s jumped out of some bushes and stopped her. He asked the girl a number of questions, which she ignored. The man then allegedly grabbed hold of the girl, and started walking off, carrying her over his shoulder.

The girl screamed, and at the same time a dog walker then came on to the cycle track, at which point the man dropped the girl and made off from the scene on a black mountain bike.    

 

On Wednesday April 20, two 13-year-old girls were walking together along Hull Road, Anlaby at 7.30am when it is reported a man approached them from the nearby field on a bike. The man asked the two girls a number of questions, which the girls ignored.

The man became aggressive when the two girls ignored him and allegedly became verbally abusive. The two girls then made off from the scene, without the man following them.

The incident occurred near the roundabout on Hull Road, Anlaby towards Spring Gardens.

 

Detective Inspector Paul Welton, overseeing the investigations, said; “The man the three girls have described appears to be very similar; a white man in his early 20s with a very strong Hull accent and travelling on a gents mountain bike.

“In Friday’s incident the man was described as being between 5ft 6ins; and 5ft 10ins; tall, of a slim build and stubble on his chin. He wore a grey coloured hooded Nike top, with the hood up and either had very dark hair or possibly wore a hat under the hood.

 

“The area Friday’s incident occurred on is a cycle track with open farmland on one side and a golf course on the other. It is very secluded, but is a regular area for dog walkers.

“In both incidents, the girls were young, they look their age and wore school uniform. I am asking three things of the public, 1) are you the dog walker who walked down the cycle track on Friday morning? If so, I need you to call in. 2) From the description provided, can you pass on any suggestions you believe this man could be? A young man, possibly in his early 20s who owns a grey hooded top and travels on a mountain bike? 3) Pass this message on, I want parents and school children to be aware of these incidents. I am taking them seriously, you should too. If your child has had a similar encounter, I need to know about it.”   

 

All information given to the police will be dealt with sensitively and in confidence. Please call Humberside Police on 101, quoting log number 68 of 29/04/2016.