Van driver attempts to abduct boy in Bourne

Police news.
Police news.

Police have warned parents not to let children out alone after a young boy was approached by a van driver on his way to school.

The Bourne Academy pupil was walking in North Road this morning (Tuesday) when a small black van approached him between 8am and 8.30am. The driver tried to force the boy into the van without success.

The driver is described as a white man in his mid-to-late 40s, around 6ft tall, medium to heavy build, with short dark brown spiky hair and a tattoo on his neck. He was wearing a dark jacket and dark clothing. Police are still speaking to the boy, who is said to have been “very frightened” by the incident.

Detective Inspector Pete Grayson said: “This is a worrying turn of events and we need to identify the van driver as soon as we can. In the meantime I would urge parents in the area to be aware of the whereabouts of their children and not to let them venture out alone.”

Bourne Academy published a letter from headteacher Laurence Reilly on its website earlier today. The letter said a Key Stage 3 pupil had reported the approach to the school, and police were called immediately.

Mr Reilly wrote: “We are aware that the police are investigating the situation and, over days and weeks, I am asking students and parents to be vigilant in reporting any such incidents or sightings of suspicious behaviour to the police.”

Anyone who saw the incident or may be able to identify the van driver should call police on 101 quoting incident 92 of December 2. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111