Primary schools in Pelsall have issued warnings to parents after a reported attempted abduction of a young boy in the village on Saturday (February 2, 2o15).
In letters to parents, Pelsall Village School, Ryder’s Hayes School and St Michael’s CE School said they were contacted by West Midlands Police about the incident.
The young boy described how he was approached in Paradise Lane by a man wearing a balaclava when he went outside to retrieve a ball.
The man is said to have tried to force the six-year-old into a dirty white van but the youngster kicked out and managed to escape.
(*added Feb 10: the incident is said to have happened at about 4.30pm)
Statement from West Midlands Police added, February 10, 3.30pm:
Police have launched an investigation after a child was approached by a man in a white van in Pelsall at the weekend.
The six-year-old child was walking along Paradise Lane alone at around 4.30pm on Saturday 7 February when it is believed a van pulled up alongside him.
A man got out of the van and approached the child who hit out at the stranger and ran away.
The police were made aware of the incident on Sunday 8 February and the child and parents have been spoken to.
The man is described as white and was wearing dirty clothes and is believed to have had a face covering. The van was described as white and dirty.
Officers have visited the schools in the local area to remind them of the ‘stranger danger’ messages.