NEWS ALERT! Parents, please beware!

The following news item is from the Met Police.

Police in Haringey Borough are investigating allegations that a man has approached a number of school girls in Hornsey on Monday, 18 January and attempted to convince them he was a police officer.

Between 08:00hrs and 09:00hrs, three school girls, aged between 11 and 14 years-old were approached by a man in a number of locations in the Hornsey area.

At this early stage of our enquiries the allegations are being treated as attempted abductions.

All three girls have been spoken to by police, also spoken to relevant schools.

None of the girls were injured and the investigation is ongoing.

Reassurance patrols are being carried out in the area.

The man was not wearing a police uniform but it is understood he identified himself as a police officer.

He is described as black, aged between 20-30 years-old and of medium build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a jacket with the hood up.

Chief Inspector Jude Beehag-Fisher, from Haringey Borough, said:

"It would be unusual for police officers in plain clothes not to identify themselves by showing a warrant card, and members of the public are entitle to ask to see one.

"Any child approached by someone in the street, in similar circumstances to these incidents, that are not shown any identification that they the person is a police officer, should get away from them as quickly as possible, they should shout for help and make sure they tell a parent, teacher or other person in authority as soon as possible. In an emergency always dial 999."

Anyone with information about the incidents can call police in Haringey via 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org. In an emergency always dial 999.

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