Child abduction fears: Crowle mum urges parents to be on their guard
A mother who intervened to stop her daughter from allegedly being approached by two men in a car in Crowle says she stands by her actions – and is warning other parents to be on their guard.
The mother-of three was cycling home after picking her daughter up from St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School, Fieldside, Crowle, on Monday, October 8.
Shortly after 3pm, she was riding along Mill Road with her daughter, who was riding her child scooter on the pavement on the opposite side of the road.
She claims that a blue Astra type car was travelling towards them and that in it were two men described as white and in their late 30s to early 40s.
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Recalling the incident, the mother, who did not wish to be named, said: “My daughter was on the pavement on the opposite side to me, so it didn’t look like she was with me – she looked like she was alone, but I was watching her.
“A blue car came straight down Mill Road. It was driving really slowly.
“The driver and passenger both leaned over to look at her and were talking among themselves.
“When I looked at them they were near to stopping and the passenger, who had a shaven head, had his hand ready on the door handle to open the door.
“I shouted ‘scooter on’ and the men looked across at me and as soon as they saw me they drove off straight away towards the mini-roundabout. I shot across the road to her.”
The concerned mother said she was possibly more alert due to the national story on the missing girl from Wales – 5-year-old April Jones.
And the Crowle report comes as detectives in Scunthorpe investigate the apparent attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in Annes Crescent on October 5.
But the mother admitted she did not know about this alleged incident, which had taken place a few days before.
“I think a lot of people are ringing the police at the moment as they are sensitive to what’s happening in Wales but I just followed my instincts, like any parent would. I keep thinking: did we narrowly miss something happening?
“I cannot understand why they were hanging around solely looking at my daughter – that’s what made me look at them.
“I could see him going for the handle and that was frightening.”
They both rushed home and the mother had remembered part of the number plate.
She said: “I’m annoyed I didn’t get the full plate – then at least the police could have knocked on the door of the owner and asked them what they were doing that day.”
The mother spoke with her husband and he advised her to report it to the police.
Her daughter later told her the man had opened the car door, something not yet confirmed by police.
Officers have since carried out a follow up visit to record the extra detail.
“It could still be innocent to this day but if only the driver would come forward and say they were lost or looking for an address would it make me feel comfortable,” said the mother.
“We are down to one car now so I’m always walking about to see if the blue car is out on the streets. My daughter will want to play out in the front garden but I will now put the kibosh on that.”