Boy escapes after approach by men
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.