Parents on alert as four children grabbed
FOUR schoolchildren have been followed or grabbed by men wearing dark clothing in three separate, terrifying incidents in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
Police are unable to conclusively say whether the same man or multiple men were responsible for the incidents – all of which happened while the children were walking to or from school – over the past week.
The first incident happened last Friday at Salisbury North, the second on Tuesday at Salisbury Park and the most recent on Wednesday at Craigmore.
Police, who are liaising with schools in the area, are keen to hear from any member of the public who witnessed these incidents and have released CCTV footage to identify a possible suspect.
Detective Chief Inspector Cath Hillard said the victims in each instance were “naturally frightened” but unharmed.
Descriptions of the men were “somewhat different” so police were unable to conclusively link the cases, she said.
“Until we get further information it would be very speculative to say anything other than we believe that they are three different men,” she said.
Chief-Insp Hillard said parents should speak to their children about safely walking to and from school.
“Parents should be concerned, but not alarmed,” she said. “Many of the children are of that independent age and so what we do ask is that the parents have a good relationship with their children and ask them questions and provide advice in respect of how they are getting to and from school … "” The first incident, last Friday, occurred as the child was walking to school, while the second two occurred as the children were walking home from school.
Chief Insp Hillard said it was unlikely a similar incident at Meadows, where a man turned and touched a girl’s arm, was linked. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT CRIME STOPPERS ON 1800 333 000.