Parents and children in Horton Heath warned after girl, 12, approached by man as she played in street

Hampshire Chronicle: Warning after schoolgirl approached by stranger Warning after schoolgirl approached by stranger

PARENTS and children in a Hampshire community are being reminded about stranger danger after a schoolgirl was approached by a man near her home.

The 12-year-old girl was playing near her home in Horton Heath when a man drove up in his black car, wound the window down and started talking to her.

Officers have launched extra patrols in the area around Burnetts Lane in an attempt to try and get to the bottom of what is being treated as a “suspicious incident” as well as reassure residents in the area.

Safer Neighbourhood Teams have also been visiting local schools, including Wyvern College, to remind students about their personal safety and the importance of not talking to strangers.

House to house patrols have also been stepped up to gather information, as well as speaking to parents and children as they arrive and leave school, as investigations continue.

Police are keen to stress that no physical contact was made with the girl and there was no attempt to grab or touch her.

The worried youngster was able to run home quickly, telling her parents what happened, who reported it to the police.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A spokesperson from Hampshire police said: “If anyone is concerned about the behaviour or a motorist or anyone acting suspiciously then they should contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

“We treat every report seriously and investigate it thoroughly, so if anyone is in doubt, they should call us.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Eastleigh police station on 101.

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10:00am Fri 6 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !?
And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !? Jonny Maths
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10:45am Fri 6 Jun 14

dly397 says...

Jonny Maths wrote:
And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !?
If you even have to think about asking any of those questions then the answer to your last question is most definitely a big fat 'YES'!
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !?[/p][/quote]If you even have to think about asking any of those questions then the answer to your last question is most definitely a big fat 'YES'! dly397
  • Score: -8

10:51am Fri 6 Jun 14

kiddynamite says...

Jonny Maths wrote:
And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !?
I assume you do not have children! And with caring like that i hope you never do! Idiot!!
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !?[/p][/quote]I assume you do not have children! And with caring like that i hope you never do! Idiot!! kiddynamite
  • Score: -5

11:43am Fri 6 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

kiddynamite wrote:
Jonny Maths wrote:
And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !?
I assume you do not have children! And with caring like that i hope you never do! Idiot!!
I have three kids.... they are fully aware of stranger-danger but on a busy street if someone asked them directions they would respond so long as they had their safety assured. This story does not in anyway suggest the child was threatened. 12 year olds can look very grown up and its not a crime to talk to someone. This country is becoming obsessed with dark possibilities and any given child in Horton Heath is 10 times more likely to be assaulted or harmed by a member of their own extended or close family than they are a stranger. This is a non story. Nothing happened to warrant police investigation. If they did track down the motorist and he/she said "yeh I was just asking where the local petrol station was"... what are the police going to do !?!? precisely nothing. because nothing to warrant their involvement happened.
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: And this is a story WHY ? and the police were involved WHY ? some one in a car stop and talked to someone !? have I missed something here !?[/p][/quote]I assume you do not have children! And with caring like that i hope you never do! Idiot!![/p][/quote]I have three kids.... they are fully aware of stranger-danger but on a busy street if someone asked them directions they would respond so long as they had their safety assured. This story does not in anyway suggest the child was threatened. 12 year olds can look very grown up and its not a crime to talk to someone. This country is becoming obsessed with dark possibilities and any given child in Horton Heath is 10 times more likely to be assaulted or harmed by a member of their own extended or close family than they are a stranger. This is a non story. Nothing happened to warrant police investigation. If they did track down the motorist and he/she said "yeh I was just asking where the local petrol station was"... what are the police going to do !?!? precisely nothing. because nothing to warrant their involvement happened. Jonny Maths
  • Score: 20

11:51am Fri 6 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

As I see the story has now changed. My comments above refer to the original article, not the amended one.
As I see the story has now changed. My comments above refer to the original article, not the amended one. Jonny Maths
  • Score: 6

12:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

Media incited hysteria that "oh my god peados on every corner" has wrongfully labelled anyone who happens to innocently talk to a child as a potential child molestor. The person very well could be INNOCENT and simply was lost or any number of reasons. Not every stranger is gonna wanna molest kids. There's something called "Innocent until proven guilty" and this "report didnt even state they said or did anything
Media incited hysteria that "oh my god peados on every corner" has wrongfully labelled anyone who happens to innocently talk to a child as a potential child molestor. The person very well could be INNOCENT and simply was lost or any number of reasons. Not every stranger is gonna wanna molest kids. There's something called "Innocent until proven guilty" and this "report didnt even state they said or did anything Mary80
  • Score: 16

1:41pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

And by the way kids are far more likely to be molested by someone they know and family than random guy on the street but the mass hysteria machine seems to omit this fact
And by the way kids are far more likely to be molested by someone they know and family than random guy on the street but the mass hysteria machine seems to omit this fact Mary80
  • Score: 14

2:20pm Fri 6 Jun 14

one in a million says...

Cannot believe some of the attitudes here; any situation like this, where the saftey of children is at issue needs to be reported and investigated regardless if only to establish the facts. Hopefully this was innocent but I'd rather each instance where a child feels threatened or fears for its saftey should be taken seriously not dismissed out of hand. Perhaps if this instances were always taken so, people like Glitter and Saville would not have had the opportunity to ruin so many young lives.
Cannot believe some of the attitudes here; any situation like this, where the saftey of children is at issue needs to be reported and investigated regardless if only to establish the facts. Hopefully this was innocent but I'd rather each instance where a child feels threatened or fears for its saftey should be taken seriously not dismissed out of hand. Perhaps if this instances were always taken so, people like Glitter and Saville would not have had the opportunity to ruin so many young lives. one in a million
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2:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

dly397 says...

Mary80 wrote:
Media incited hysteria that "oh my god peados on every corner" has wrongfully labelled anyone who happens to innocently talk to a child as a potential child molestor. The person very well could be INNOCENT and simply was lost or any number of reasons. Not every stranger is gonna wanna molest kids. There's something called "Innocent until proven guilty" and this "report didnt even state they said or did anything
I totally agree that the person involved could be totally innocent, and it is obviously not a criminal offence to speak to anyone, let alone a child you don't know.

However, I do feel that it is important to let others know that this situation has happened, if for no other reason than to remind people to be aware of their surroundings and those that are in it (sad as that is).
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Media incited hysteria that "oh my god peados on every corner" has wrongfully labelled anyone who happens to innocently talk to a child as a potential child molestor. The person very well could be INNOCENT and simply was lost or any number of reasons. Not every stranger is gonna wanna molest kids. There's something called "Innocent until proven guilty" and this "report didnt even state they said or did anything[/p][/quote]I totally agree that the person involved could be totally innocent, and it is obviously not a criminal offence to speak to anyone, let alone a child you don't know. However, I do feel that it is important to let others know that this situation has happened, if for no other reason than to remind people to be aware of their surroundings and those that are in it (sad as that is). dly397
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4:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

one in a million wrote:
Cannot believe some of the attitudes here; any situation like this, where the saftey of children is at issue needs to be reported and investigated regardless if only to establish the facts. Hopefully this was innocent but I'd rather each instance where a child feels threatened or fears for its saftey should be taken seriously not dismissed out of hand. Perhaps if this instances were always taken so, people like Glitter and Saville would not have had the opportunity to ruin so many young lives.
Reporting innocent people to the police borders on a witch hunt for crying out loud, adults shouldnt be in fear of just talking to kids in case "oo might get the label of a peado". Why not just report EVERY adult to the cops who talks to a child, school teachers firemen shop staff talk to kids lets label them potential predators while we're at it
[quote][p][bold]one in a million[/bold] wrote: Cannot believe some of the attitudes here; any situation like this, where the saftey of children is at issue needs to be reported and investigated regardless if only to establish the facts. Hopefully this was innocent but I'd rather each instance where a child feels threatened or fears for its saftey should be taken seriously not dismissed out of hand. Perhaps if this instances were always taken so, people like Glitter and Saville would not have had the opportunity to ruin so many young lives.[/p][/quote]Reporting innocent people to the police borders on a witch hunt for crying out loud, adults shouldnt be in fear of just talking to kids in case "oo might get the label of a peado". Why not just report EVERY adult to the cops who talks to a child, school teachers firemen shop staff talk to kids lets label them potential predators while we're at it Mary80
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Of course, Horton Heath is a dormitory. No sense of community, nobody knows their neighbours. A village of curtain twitchers.

Dreadful place to bring up children.
Of course, Horton Heath is a dormitory. No sense of community, nobody knows their neighbours. A village of curtain twitchers. Dreadful place to bring up children. From the sidelines
  • Score: -2

6:27pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Kyoboshi says...

Whether innocent or not, I would think it quite odd for an adult to ask a 12 year old for directions, I wouldn't for fear of frightening them as I would be a stranger. I tell my kids never to approach a car and speak to a stranger, anyone with any sense, in the world we live in wouldn't put a child in that predicament unless they were up to no good or totally stupid. Let's hope this person was just totally stupid.
Whether innocent or not, I would think it quite odd for an adult to ask a 12 year old for directions, I wouldn't for fear of frightening them as I would be a stranger. I tell my kids never to approach a car and speak to a stranger, anyone with any sense, in the world we live in wouldn't put a child in that predicament unless they were up to no good or totally stupid. Let's hope this person was just totally stupid. Kyoboshi
  • Score: 1

8:27pm Fri 6 Jun 14

saintjosephine says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Of course, Horton Heath is a dormitory. No sense of community, nobody knows their neighbours. A village of curtain twitchers.

Dreadful place to bring up children.
You couldn't be more wrong! Everyone knows everyone here, particularly those with school age children.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Of course, Horton Heath is a dormitory. No sense of community, nobody knows their neighbours. A village of curtain twitchers. Dreadful place to bring up children.[/p][/quote]You couldn't be more wrong! Everyone knows everyone here, particularly those with school age children. saintjosephine
  • Score: 2

8:45pm Fri 6 Jun 14

saintjosephine says...

Sorry to disappoint everyone who is crying "overreaction!" but there was an aggregating factor which demonstrated that the stranger was not innocent, not mentioned in the article but known about by the Horton Heath community (yes, we do have one!).
Sorry to disappoint everyone who is crying "overreaction!" but there was an aggregating factor which demonstrated that the stranger was not innocent, not mentioned in the article but known about by the Horton Heath community (yes, we do have one!). saintjosephine
  • Score: 4

1:23pm Sat 7 Jun 14

S!monOn says...

saintjosephine wrote:
Sorry to disappoint everyone who is crying "overreaction!" but there was an aggregating factor which demonstrated that the stranger was not innocent, not mentioned in the article but known about by the Horton Heath community (yes, we do have one!).
And what is the aggregating factor?
[quote][p][bold]saintjosephine[/bold] wrote: Sorry to disappoint everyone who is crying "overreaction!" but there was an aggregating factor which demonstrated that the stranger was not innocent, not mentioned in the article but known about by the Horton Heath community (yes, we do have one!).[/p][/quote]And what is the aggregating factor? S!monOn
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Kyoboshi says...

Apparently the driver allegedly showed the child a pornographic picture so I heard
Apparently the driver allegedly showed the child a pornographic picture so I heard Kyoboshi
  • Score: -1

7:29pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Mary80 wrote:
And by the way kids are far more likely to be molested by someone they know and family than random guy on the street but the mass hysteria machine seems to omit this fact
No no no, Mary, you're completely wrong of course! Sex offenders are invariably dirty, lonely old men in trench coats, hiding in bushes waiting to kidnap complete strangers' kids at every opportunity :)
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: And by the way kids are far more likely to be molested by someone they know and family than random guy on the street but the mass hysteria machine seems to omit this fact[/p][/quote]No no no, Mary, you're completely wrong of course! Sex offenders are invariably dirty, lonely old men in trench coats, hiding in bushes waiting to kidnap complete strangers' kids at every opportunity :) Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

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