Boy escapes af­ter ap­proach by men

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An 11-year-old boy is shaken and a com­mu­nity is on red alert af­ter the stu­dent from Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate School was ap­proached by two men on Wed­nes­day.

Prin­ci­pal Dairne Kaimoana emailed a warn­ing to other schools in the area, urg­ing them to be vig­i­lant and on the look­out for a red Honda.

The mes­sage came fol­low­ing a ‘‘dis­tress­ing’’ morn­ing for one of her Year 7 stu­dents, who es­caped the men on a bike.

On his way to school, the boy stopped at the White­house Rd Four Square in Ti­tahi Bay, Porirua, when the two men asked him his name just af­ter 8am.

The boy told school staff the men, who he es­ti­mated to be in their mid40s, tried giv­ing him a pack­age.

In­stead of go­ing into the store for help, the boy biked to the safety of the school of­fice, 1km away.

Kaimoana said she was proud of her stu­dent, who was ‘‘very ma­ture’’, and his abil­ity to re­call de­tails of the in­ci­dent.

‘‘He kept his head to­gether and took note of the num­ber plate, and some of the men’s char­ac­ter­is­tics.

‘‘He didn’t re­spond to their ques­tions or their of­fer­ing of a pack­age wrapped in glad wrap.’’

Kaimoana said she had never heard of a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent oc­cur­ring in the Ti­tahi Bay area be­fore, but was grate­ful noth­ing more came of the ‘‘bizarre’’ event.

Po­lice con­firmed they re­ceived a re­port, shortly af­ter mid­day on Wed­nes­day, of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in White­house Rd.

‘‘Two un­known men in a red car spoke to a young boy. The boy left the scene on a bike,’’ a po­lice spokesper­son said.

Po­lice said they would like to speak to the two men who spoke to the boy, or any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent.

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