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Appeal after driver attempts to lure boy into car in South Ockendon

The incident happened in Fairham Avenue (credit: Google Maps)

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man attempted to lure a school boy into his car in South Ockendon.

A boy of secondary school age was walking along Fairham Avenue at around 3.20pm on Monday, 17 May, when the driver stopped alongside him and asked him to get into the car.

After the boy ignored him and walked off, the man beeped his car horn to get the boy’s attention.

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

The car was an old-style black saloon car with tinted windows.

The boy was unharmed and made his way home.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have information about the identity of the man who has been described as a white man aged around 40, bald and of muscular build.

He spoke with a non-local, British accent.

Police are also appealing to speak to the woman who intervened.

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, 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.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information about the identity of the man, or CCTV or dash cam footage of the car, is asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference 42/92874/21.

You can submit a report online or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

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