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Police Search for Couple After 14 Year Old Girl Approached in Escrick

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1:02pm 13th June 2013

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for the occupants of a light-coloured Vauxhall Zafira who stopped and spoke to a 14-year-old girl in the village of Escrick, to contact them.

At around 7.15pm on Tuesday 11 June 2013, the girl was walking home along the A19 in Escrick.

A man and a woman in an old-style, light coloured, Vauxhall Zafira, travelling towards Selby, pipped their horn, slowed down and the driver spoke to the girl near the entrance to the Parsonage House Hotel.

He appeared to know her name and tried to ask her questions which she could not hear clearly due to passing traffic.

The man then offered her a lift home, at which point the girl refused and ran home.

Selby police are investigating the incident to establish why the couple wanted to speak to the girl and what their intentions where.

Sergeant Jackie Booth of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It’s possible that there is an innocent explanation as to why this couple stopped and spoke to the girl, and therefore I am appealing for them to come forward and explain their actions.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who was driving along the A19 in Escrick on Tuesday night and saw either the Zafira or the girl to contact us.”

She added: “The girl did exactly the right thing by running home and alerting the police about the incident. She was very shaken up by the incident and it’s vital that we find out exactly what happened.”

Our advice is to always remain vigilant and never get into a car with a stranger. Abduction is very rare in the UK, even more so in North Yorkshire, however, don’t let your guard down and take sensible personal safety precautions.

The man is described as white, in his mid fifties of slim build and a thin face with white hair.  He had a scruffy appearance. The woman passenger is described as around 40 years old with brown hair and had a child’s car seat on her knee.

If you are the couple in the car, or anyone else with any information which can assist our investigation, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for PC Robert Campbell.

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