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White van man may be responsible for four attempted child abductions in Leigh, Shoebury and Westcliff
FOUR children, including a schoolgirl, were targeted by a would-be kidnapper in a white van, the Echo can reveal.
It has now emerged a young girl - whose age has not been released by police - was followed in Bellhouse Road, Leigh.
And we can reveal the driver stopped by to try and persuade a boy, believed to be eight or nine, to get in his van in Shoebury.
This all comes after the Echo told yesterday how a ten-year-old boy was targeted in Shoebury just before a 12-year-old boy was propostioned in Westcliff.
The culprit was a white man, in his mid-30s, with short or cropped brown hair, driving a fairly new and clean Transit van, without signwriting or a roof rack.
The girl was followed at about 3.15pm last Thursday.
Then at about 4pm, the two boys, were approached in a car park off Eagle Way, Shoebury, by a man who urged them to get into his van for a lift home.
The fourth child was then propostioned at about 4.45pm in Martock Avenue, Westcliff.
A police spokesman said: “The youngsters all ignored the man and went home where their parents called police. Enquiries are continuing.”
Anyone with information should call PC Sharon Blaxland or colleagues at the Shoeburyness Neighbourhood Policing Team 101 - or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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