Published On: Tue, Feb 24th, 2015 on 1:20 pm

Suspicious men asked 11-year-old girl to get into their van in Shipley

Police are appealing for information following a suspicious incident that took place in Shipley yesterday.

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At about 3pm on 23 February, an 11-year-old girl was walking along Leeds Road close to the junction with Cote Farm Lane, when a white van pulled up alongside her.

A male passenger opened his door and asked the girl if she would like to get in the van, believed to be a Ford Transit-type vehicle.

The girl declined and walked away and the van left towards Thackley Corner without further incident.

The man was described as wearing a black balaclava and gloves, with a blue hooded top and black jogging bottoms. The driver was also believed to be wearing a black balaclava.

“This incident occurred on a main road”

Inspector Hugh Robinson, who leads the Shipley Area Neighbourhood Team, said: “The girl did the right thing by not getting involved with these men and reporting the incident to her mother straight away.

“Although we believe this to be an isolated incident we would urge parents and children to be vigilant at all times, and report any similar incidents to the police.

“This incident occurred on a main road, at a time when there would have been a lot of people about and I would urge anyone who might have seen anything suspicious to contact the police.”

Officers are carrying out reassurance patrols in the area and speaking to anyone with any concerns. Officers are also speaking to local schools in the area.

Anyone with further information on this incident is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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