Amesbury 'suspicious incident' ruled out

Amesbury 'suspicious incident' ruled out

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 4:03pm 18th September 2019.

Police say claims a man tried to grab a boy on Monday night are false.

Officers have been investigating an incident on Holders Road after receiving a report that a man driving a white van had grabbed a 14 year old boy and attempted to get him inside his vehicle.

Wiltshire Police say rigorous lines of enquiry have been carried out and that they are "satisfied that the incident did not take place."

The force say reports of this nature are taken 'extremely seriously' and as part of their investigation, extensive CCTV enquiries were conducted, as well as house-to-house enquiries and multiple interviews. 

Social media posts relating to this incident have been shared extensively with information about a vehicle which it claimed was involved -  the vehicle and its owner have been eliminated from the force's enquiries.

The child involved has been formally interviewed and given words of advice.

Det Con Mike Boshier said:

"Reports of this nature, understandably, cause concern within our communities and I'd like to thank the public for their patience while we conducted our investigation, which has now been closed. 

"We will always take reports like this seriously and I hope this incident does not deter children and young people from reporting suspicious activity when they experience it within our community."

Police say enquiries into a separate incident which occurred on Holders Road near Stonehenge School involving two young girls on Saturday evening (14th September) continues. 

An incident in Bishopdown in Salisbury, also on Saturday night, is still being investigated.


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