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Police Scotland investigate abduction fears in Hamilton
Police were investigating reports that a man attempted to lure a young girl into his van on her way to school in Hamilton Friday morning the 31st October.
The girl was in the Meikle Earnock area of the town when the incident is alleged to have taken place.
It is believed that a man in a dark blue van told the youngster that he was a friend of her dad and he was there to give her a lift to school.
He is described as being a white male, aged 50 with black, fuzzy hair and a moustache.
The young girl ran away and raised the alarm, and police were contacted.
Police Scotland this week confirmed they were investigating the incident. Inspector Scott McCarren leads Hamilton’s Community Policing Team.
He said: “There was an incident on Friday morning and we are continuing with our enquiries into that. It has been brought to our attention and we are liaising with the family. If someone does stop you that you don’t know, then you should get yourself away from the situation.”
South Lanarkshire Council were keen to remind youngsters that if they are approached by a stranger, then they should run away and alert someone that they know.
Des Dickson, South Lanarkshire Council’s operations manager for education resources, said: “When incidents of this nature are reported to schools we take the opportunity to remind children of the ‘stranger danger’ message and to ‘run, yell and tell’.
“If anyone sees anything suspicious they are asked to notify the police.”