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White van man approaches girls, 8, in Kennington area of Ashford

By KentOnline reporter

Police are investigating a suspicious man who tried to lure two eight-year-olds into a white van in Ashford.

They believe there may be a link between the incident yesterday and a similar one at the end of last month.

In the latest case, a man in a white van is said to have approached to young girls in Kingsnorth, Ashford, at around 4.30pm yesterday.

Two men arrested. Stock photo

The eight-year-olds were playing on a footpath in Manor House Drive when the van pulled up beside them and the driver, who stayed in the driver's seat, told them to get inside.

The girls ran inside their house to raise the alarm and the van drove off.

The van is described as white with red signwriting on it, possibly a word beginning ‘North…’

The driver is described as white, bald with a beard and was wearing a black jacket.

It follows a similar incident on Monday, April 29, when a white van approached some girls in Bybrook Road, Kennington.

In that instance, schools in the area warned parents to be extra vigilant following reports a man twice asked youngsters to look in the back of his van.

Police believe the incidents could be linked.

The teen was arrested yesterday.

Sergeant Trevor Brathwaite said: "Once again the children did exactly what they’ve been taught to do and went straight inside and reported it to their parents, giving as much information as they could remember about the man and the van.

"We have extra officers on patrol around schools and would ask parents to make sure their children know how to keep safe."

Anyone with information or who saw the van should contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 08-1034.

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