Silver End parents are on high alert after a man tried to "grab" a child.

Mum Clare Kelly described the incident as "scary".

Scene of the alleged attempted abduction.

First published in News

Parents are warning others to be on their guard amid fears a man in a van tried to “grab” their four-year-old girl.

Clare Kelly and Mathew Coe called police after their six-year-old daughter Amber said she witnessed a man in a white van try to grab her four-year-old sister Holly in Broadway, Silver End.

An Essex Police spokesman initially told the Times officers were “satisfied” no abduction attempt had been made, but they are now re-investigating.

Self-employed property refurbisher Mr Coe, 32, said: “The police said they would search for the van and put everyone on alert.”

Miss Kelly, who is a training to become a teacher, had taken the girls to the park and as they left the park by the main entrance, Holly had run out about 10 metres in front and that is when the attempted abduction is said to have taken place.

 

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12:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Are we absolutely sure about this?

If I were in my White Van (yes – I actually do have a white van) and I saw a lone kiddie apparently darting out of the gates of a park very likely straight into the path of oncoming traffic I would - without hesitation - try to intercede and prevent the child from coming to any harm.

God forbid that I would be automatically labelled as a likely ‘abductor’!
Are we absolutely sure about this? If I were in my White Van (yes – I actually do have a white van) and I saw a lone kiddie apparently darting out of the gates of a park very likely straight into the path of oncoming traffic I would - without hesitation - try to intercede and prevent the child from coming to any harm. God forbid that I would be automatically labelled as a likely ‘abductor’! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 35

12:52pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SAndrewss says...

Sounds a bit iffy to me also. Although the report doesn't really give us much to go on.
Sounds a bit iffy to me also. Although the report doesn't really give us much to go on. SAndrewss
  • Score: 15

12:56pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SAndrewss says...

If the child was only 10 metres ahead, why is it the six year old sister and not the mother who witnessed the 'incident'?
If the child was only 10 metres ahead, why is it the six year old sister and not the mother who witnessed the 'incident'? SAndrewss
  • Score: 23

1:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Scoot says...

Very iffy indeed and the Gazette should get more facts because if you go on the above then you ask yourself 1/. If your youngest child was running out of a park onto a road why do you just amble not run and stop her. 2/. as a poster above said. If you and your daughter were 10m behind why did only your daughter witness the 'abduction' and not you ? 3/. Is 1 and 2 above due to you looking at your mobile/texting and not paying attention to where your kids are 4/. If you are a bloke in a car or van in future and you see a small kid run out of a park on their own do you get out and try to stop the child or let him/her run into the road and get hit by a car ? The answer if allegations like this are made has to be the latter sadly and no doubt if someone did this the parent would be blaming the driver for not stopping the child.
Very iffy indeed and the Gazette should get more facts because if you go on the above then you ask yourself 1/. If your youngest child was running out of a park onto a road why do you just amble not run and stop her. 2/. as a poster above said. If you and your daughter were 10m behind why did only your daughter witness the 'abduction' and not you ? 3/. Is 1 and 2 above due to you looking at your mobile/texting and not paying attention to where your kids are 4/. If you are a bloke in a car or van in future and you see a small kid run out of a park on their own do you get out and try to stop the child or let him/her run into the road and get hit by a car ? The answer if allegations like this are made has to be the latter sadly and no doubt if someone did this the parent would be blaming the driver for not stopping the child. Scoot
  • Score: 14

1:50pm Thu 6 Mar 14

keith_l says...

This is the same "attempted abduction" that was a news story in last weeks BWT, due to the local School Headteacher writing to the parents about it. At that time the van driver "had his arm out of the wondow as if to beacon" - or more likely flicking the ash off the end of his cigarette.
This is the same "attempted abduction" that was a news story in last weeks BWT, due to the local School Headteacher writing to the parents about it. At that time the van driver "had his arm out of the wondow as if to beacon" - or more likely flicking the ash off the end of his cigarette. keith_l
  • Score: 10

2:51pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SAndrewss says...

keith_l wrote:
This is the same "attempted abduction" that was a news story in last weeks BWT, due to the local School Headteacher writing to the parents about it. At that time the van driver "had his arm out of the wondow as if to beacon" - or more likely flicking the ash off the end of his cigarette.
This is the previous article that you mean, I think.

http://www.gazette-n
ews.co.uk/news/11038
416.Headteacher_warn
s_of__attempted_abdu
ction_/
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: This is the same "attempted abduction" that was a news story in last weeks BWT, due to the local School Headteacher writing to the parents about it. At that time the van driver "had his arm out of the wondow as if to beacon" - or more likely flicking the ash off the end of his cigarette.[/p][/quote]This is the previous article that you mean, I think. http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11038 416.Headteacher_warn s_of__attempted_abdu ction_/ SAndrewss
  • Score: 3

11:59pm Thu 6 Mar 14

No! I am Spartacus says...

There is very little more scary that this happening to your child, that I think can be agreed.

That said, just from a common sense point of view, with the queries mentioned, I have one more...
- Would someone who was abducting a child (someone that is clearly innately cowardly) try it when (a) the mum is just 10 metres behind (b) so could see your van (c) take the reg number (d) try and fight you (e) all of the above ?

Scary as hell, but does seem that the facts, as stated, are unlikely, sketchy and possibly different to the reality.
There is very little more scary that this happening to your child, that I think can be agreed. That said, just from a common sense point of view, with the queries mentioned, I have one more... - Would someone who was abducting a child (someone that is clearly innately cowardly) try it when (a) the mum is just 10 metres behind (b) so could see your van (c) take the reg number (d) try and fight you (e) all of the above ? Scary as hell, but does seem that the facts, as stated, are unlikely, sketchy and possibly different to the reality. No! I am Spartacus
  • Score: 4

10:16am Fri 7 Mar 14

keith_l says...

SAndrewss wrote:
keith_l wrote:
This is the same "attempted abduction" that was a news story in last weeks BWT, due to the local School Headteacher writing to the parents about it. At that time the van driver "had his arm out of the wondow as if to beacon" - or more likely flicking the ash off the end of his cigarette.
This is the previous article that you mean, I think.

http://www.gazette-n

ews.co.uk/news/11038

416.Headteacher_warn

s_of__attempted_abdu

ction_/
Perhaps this article is here because last week's article ended by asking

"*Are you the mother of the two girls? Get in touch with the BWT by calling 01376 334336. "
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: This is the same "attempted abduction" that was a news story in last weeks BWT, due to the local School Headteacher writing to the parents about it. At that time the van driver "had his arm out of the wondow as if to beacon" - or more likely flicking the ash off the end of his cigarette.[/p][/quote]This is the previous article that you mean, I think. http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11038 416.Headteacher_warn s_of__attempted_abdu ction_/[/p][/quote]Perhaps this article is here because last week's article ended by asking "*Are you the mother of the two girls? Get in touch with the BWT by calling 01376 334336. " keith_l
  • Score: 6

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