Maldon district: Mum slams police accosting response after driver 'scared life out of' daughter

Gazette: Maldon district: Driver 'scared life out of' daughter Maldon district: Driver 'scared life out of' daughter

A mum has accused police of not taking reports of an accosting seriously after a man allegedly attempted to lure her daughter into his car.

Teresa Kelly’s daughter Charlotte Ewers, 12, was approached on The Causeway as she made her way from school at The Heybridge Centre, in The Street, to Maldon town centre to get a bus home to Southminster.

A man, described as in his 60s and driving a blue Ford Fiesta, allegedly pulled onto the curb and asked her if she wanted a lift.

The girl didn’t hear him at first, but when he repeated the question she declined and the man swiftly drove off without explanation.

The former Ormiston Rivers Academy pupil managed to make a note of the registration number of the vehicle and police were able to identify the driver.

Inspector Chris Kilgallen, who had earlier emphasised that there had been no attempt to touch or grab the girl, said: “He has been spoken to and it would appear this was a case of mistaken identity as he thought the girl was someone he knew.”

But Ms Kelly, of Pantile Hill, questioned whether the matter had been fully investigated.

“I think it’s all a bit suspicious,” she said.

“Why didn’t he say to her ‘Sorry, I thought you were somebody else’?

“He scared the life out of here and then just drove off, what kind of man does that?"

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10:06am Sun 2 Dec 12

carnuts says...

Thats Maldon Police for you
I was threatened with being locked up when I tried to report s deliberate attempt to run me over with a Lorry.
I sustained a broken finger, lucky it was just that as there was room to dive out of the way.
Reported to Maldon police station and was told by copper behind the desk at Maldon police station, within the hour and the lorry was still in the yard, 'not a serious enough injury', when I insisted on a report being made I was told if I don't 'P' off he'll lock me up.
Thats Maldon Police for you I was threatened with being locked up when I tried to report s deliberate attempt to run me over with a Lorry. I sustained a broken finger, lucky it was just that as there was room to dive out of the way. Reported to Maldon police station and was told by copper behind the desk at Maldon police station, within the hour and the lorry was still in the yard, 'not a serious enough injury', when I insisted on a report being made I was told if I don't 'P' off he'll lock me up. carnuts

11:00am Sun 2 Dec 12

An alternative view says...

Well at least the daughter is now much better protected as the M&B and the parent have carefully described her route from school, her name and her mums name for the world to read.

Next time any possible Mr (or Mrs) Perv will be able to wait in Heybridge Street and say "Hi Charlotte, your mum Terresa asked me to pick you up and drop you in town, to save you the walk on this rainy afternoon"

One would surmise from the other details in the story that there is another agenda behind the parent publicising this, but the real result is idiocy thinly disguised as community interest.
Well at least the daughter is now much better protected as the M&B and the parent have carefully described her route from school, her name and her mums name for the world to read. Next time any possible Mr (or Mrs) Perv will be able to wait in Heybridge Street and say "Hi Charlotte, your mum Terresa asked me to pick you up and drop you in town, to save you the walk on this rainy afternoon" One would surmise from the other details in the story that there is another agenda behind the parent publicising this, but the real result is idiocy thinly disguised as community interest. An alternative view

6:05pm Sun 2 Dec 12

PoppyG says...

An alternative view wrote:
Well at least the daughter is now much better protected as the M&B and the parent have carefully described her route from school, her name and her mums name for the world to read.

Next time any possible Mr (or Mrs) Perv will be able to wait in Heybridge Street and say "Hi Charlotte, your mum Terresa asked me to pick you up and drop you in town, to save you the walk on this rainy afternoon"

One would surmise from the other details in the story that there is another agenda behind the parent publicising this, but the real result is idiocy thinly disguised as community interest.
Or maybe the only way the Gazette will ever publish a story even if in the interests of the community is where they have a picture of the people involved and publish the details.
[quote][p][bold]An alternative view[/bold] wrote: Well at least the daughter is now much better protected as the M&B and the parent have carefully described her route from school, her name and her mums name for the world to read. Next time any possible Mr (or Mrs) Perv will be able to wait in Heybridge Street and say "Hi Charlotte, your mum Terresa asked me to pick you up and drop you in town, to save you the walk on this rainy afternoon" One would surmise from the other details in the story that there is another agenda behind the parent publicising this, but the real result is idiocy thinly disguised as community interest.[/p][/quote]Or maybe the only way the Gazette will ever publish a story even if in the interests of the community is where they have a picture of the people involved and publish the details. PoppyG

10:55pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Boris says...

carnuts seems to have genuine grounds for complaint, but Teresa Kelly is making a fuss over nothing. The man has been spoken to and if he repeats this with anyone else he knows he will be in serious trouble. That should be enough to keep him in order.
carnuts seems to have genuine grounds for complaint, but Teresa Kelly is making a fuss over nothing. The man has been spoken to and if he repeats this with anyone else he knows he will be in serious trouble. That should be enough to keep him in order. Boris

7:20am Mon 3 Dec 12

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Based on the information we have it seems clear this man did nothing wrong. Talking to a child is still not illegal, but these days it seems everyone is classed as a perv even for doing just that. We don't know his intentions and I agree this woman is doing more harm to herself and her daughter by allowing names and photo's to be printed.

Remember the case of mob rule in Portsmouth when an estate hounded an individual, who they thought was a paedophile, when in fact the individual concerned was actually a pediatrician. A classic example of the mentality of many in society today!
Based on the information we have it seems clear this man did nothing wrong. Talking to a child is still not illegal, but these days it seems everyone is classed as a perv even for doing just that. We don't know his intentions and I agree this woman is doing more harm to herself and her daughter by allowing names and photo's to be printed. Remember the case of mob rule in Portsmouth when an estate hounded an individual, who they thought was a paedophile, when in fact the individual concerned was actually a pediatrician. A classic example of the mentality of many in society today! Say It As It Is OK?

12:00pm Mon 3 Dec 12

DontForgetToBreathe says...

van bangers alert!
van bangers alert! DontForgetToBreathe

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