Police Warn Of Stranger Approaching Local Schoolgirls

Two girls have reported incidents in the last week

Police Officers from Wandsworth are appealing for information following two incidents where young girls were approached in the Earlsfield area.

On Sunday 13th September, at about 10.15, a 13-year-old girl was followed and then approached by a man near to Ellerton Road. He tried to talk to her before touching her wrist, at
which point she pulled away from him and ran off.

The man is described as white, aged between 30 and 40 years old, with stubble on his face. He was wearing a dark blue cap and was described as having a scruffy appearance.

On the afternoon of Thursday 17th September, a 10-year-old girl reported that she had been
approached on several occasions throughout the week, by a stranger of the same description, on Burntwood Lane close to Tranmere Road. On one occasion the man had been in the company of another man, September 30, 2015ond man is described as white, aged in his 50s with a bald head. He is believed to have
several cuts on his head and an injury to his hand.

Detective Inspector Peter Braganza, from Wandsworth, said, "We are linking both incidents due
to the close proximity and the descriptions provided. A fast moving investigation is currently
underway to identify these individuals and prevent any further incidents.

"Whilst we are working closely with our local schools and appraising the community with any
developments, I must stress that incidents like this are rare and will not be tolerated. Both
uniformed and plain clothes officers are patrolling the area to offer reassurance and a visible
presence. Anyone with information should contact the police via the 101 service or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999."

September 21, 2015