Clarenville RCMP in­creas­ing pa­trols after child ap­proached by stranger

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET

CLARENVILLE, NL — Clarenville RCMP say there will be in­creased pa­trols near River­side El­e­men­tary fol­low­ing a re­port from a mother who says her nineyear-old daugh­ter was ap­proached by a stranger while walk­ing home from school Tues­day, Oct. 24.

Vanessa Prince posted about the in­ci­dent on Face­book that same night.

Const. Roy Chap­pell told the Packet th­ese pa­trols would be on­go­ing “for the fore­see­able fu­ture.” The pa­trols will es­pe­cially be put in place dur­ing times when kids are out­side - dur­ing re­cess, lunch and after school.

He also added that, due to the vague de­scrip­tion of the ve­hi­cle and sus­pect and with­out a li­cense plate num­ber, the sus­pect would be dif­fi­cult to track.

“It’s not some­thing we can pin­point any par­tic­u­lar ve­hi­cle or per­son, given the in­for­ma­tion we have,” he ex­plained.

“With­out a li­cense plate num­ber, it’s ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to as­cer­tain what car it would be.”

Chap­pell said if any­body or their child has a sim­i­lar en­counter, it is best to call RCMP im­me­di­ately.

“Safety of the kids is our ut­most con­cern.”

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