Warning as men try to lure young girls into cars in Crompton Way and Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge

Schoolgirl approaches prompt police warning

Schoolgirl approaches prompt police warning

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POLICE have issued a warning to parents after girls were approached by men in cars in two separate incidents in Bolton.

Both incidents happened not far from each other in the north of Bolton, but police say the descriptions of the two men are different.

In the first incident, a 15-year-old girl was walking along Crompton Way near Lidl on Tuesday when a man in a dark saloon car pulled up alongside her at about 8.30am.

He asked the girl to show him where a school was and asked her to get into his car to show him, but she refused.

The second incident happened on Wednesday between 8.30pm and 9.20pm in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge, near The Lamb pub.

A man pulled up in a dark coloured Audi next to two girls, aged 13 and 15, and asked for their names and ages.

He then asked them to get into the car, but they refused and he drove off.

A police spokesman said: “Although the car descriptions are similar, we are confident these reports are not of the same male due to the descriptions of the males that have been given.

“We urge you to stay vigilant and warn your children about not approaching cars that pull up and try to engage in conversation with them.

"If you see anything suspicious always report it.”

Responding to criticism on the police's Facebook page, Insp Wayne Readfern, from Bolton North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said he decided not to release descriptions of the suspects because they were too vague.

He said one of the men was described as Asian, while the other was said to be a white English man.

He said: "People from all communities commit crime.

"The main reason for the message is to warn your young family members and report suspicious circumstances to the police."


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Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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3:42pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Crazy 38 says...

White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community
White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community Crazy 38
  • Score: 88

4:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Beina1885 says...

Is this some sort of joke, what sort of news report releases this information without a description.
Is this some sort of joke, what sort of news report releases this information without a description. Beina1885
  • Score: 67

4:32pm Thu 10 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

So, anyone and everyone in a dark Colured Audi's in the frame then. If only there was some way that the BN could help narrow it down a bit?! Doh!
So, anyone and everyone in a dark Colured Audi's in the frame then. If only there was some way that the BN could help narrow it down a bit?! Doh! I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 44

4:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Regulatory Man says...

Was just about to ask for description too. There's no reason whatsoever to leave it out of such an important story. No one is exempt when they are trawling for young girls let alone anyone else. And I don't care one bit about their ethnicity either as in my book a Perv is a Perv in any culture, assuming of course that it was the reason for the approaches. We can only assume this.
Was just about to ask for description too. There's no reason whatsoever to leave it out of such an important story. No one is exempt when they are trawling for young girls let alone anyone else. And I don't care one bit about their ethnicity either as in my book a Perv is a Perv in any culture, assuming of course that it was the reason for the approaches. We can only assume this. Regulatory Man
  • Score: 38

4:36pm Thu 10 Apr 14

BlueRay79 says...

This paper is a JOKE! You alert the community about men trying to pick up young girls but make no mention of whether they are black, white, age.

I'm pretty sure the girls told the Police what colour they were, so why has it not been reported in this article?

Your more interested at BEN in deleting comments than producing good journalism.
This paper is a JOKE! You alert the community about men trying to pick up young girls but make no mention of whether they are black, white, age. I'm pretty sure the girls told the Police what colour they were, so why has it not been reported in this article? Your more interested at BEN in deleting comments than producing good journalism. BlueRay79
  • Score: 50

4:48pm Thu 10 Apr 14

questionairre says...

I think we all know the reason for the description being left out.

I totally agree that this paper is a joke, but not a funny one.

With reporters like they have got, it wont be long before the rag closes down altogether.
I think we all know the reason for the description being left out. I totally agree that this paper is a joke, but not a funny one. With reporters like they have got, it wont be long before the rag closes down altogether. questionairre
  • Score: 48

5:00pm Thu 10 Apr 14

lv8151 says...

it is about time that the so called reporters for the BN started to take their job seriously ..... why on earth would you inform the public of an incident ( or 2 ) like this without giving a description of the person in question .... 3rd rate reporting by a 3rd rate rag of a paper .... an explanation as to why no description was given would be nice
it is about time that the so called reporters for the BN started to take their job seriously ..... why on earth would you inform the public of an incident ( or 2 ) like this without giving a description of the person in question .... 3rd rate reporting by a 3rd rate rag of a paper .... an explanation as to why no description was given would be nice lv8151
  • Score: 37

5:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Menhed says...

“Although the car descriptions are similar, we are confident these reports are not of the same male due to the descriptions of the males that have been given."

So.....what are the descriptions of the drivers? You never know it might help narrow it down a bit from a bloke in a dark car in Astley Bridge and jog someone's memory.
“Although the car descriptions are similar, we are confident these reports are not of the same male due to the descriptions of the males that have been given." So.....what are the descriptions of the drivers? You never know it might help narrow it down a bit from a bloke in a dark car in Astley Bridge and jog someone's memory. Menhed
  • Score: 30

5:05pm Thu 10 Apr 14

NOTnewsworthy says...

My next door neighbour has a dark coloured saloon car, I will have to have a word with him when I get home and tell him to stop this!!!!
My next door neighbour has a dark coloured saloon car, I will have to have a word with him when I get home and tell him to stop this!!!! NOTnewsworthy
  • Score: 40

5:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Marzi30 says...

With all the stories regarding sexual grooming, and let's not pull any punches for fear of being branded racist, which is occurring largely within Asian communities, have the BN omitted to give a description of the driver rather than the car ? Also with the huge number of CCTV cameras that surely exist within that area have the Police not been able to follow that car's movements ?
With all the stories regarding sexual grooming, and let's not pull any punches for fear of being branded racist, which is occurring largely within Asian communities, have the BN omitted to give a description of the driver rather than the car ? Also with the huge number of CCTV cameras that surely exist within that area have the Police not been able to follow that car's movements ? Marzi30
  • Score: 36

5:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

lindlandl says...

Where do they get these 'reporters' from? This newspaper is a joke.
Where do they get these 'reporters' from? This newspaper is a joke. lindlandl
  • Score: 30

5:55pm Thu 10 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Marzi30 wrote:
With all the stories regarding sexual grooming, and let's not pull any punches for fear of being branded racist, which is occurring largely within Asian communities, have the BN omitted to give a description of the driver rather than the car ? Also with the huge number of CCTV cameras that surely exist within that area have the Police not been able to follow that car's movements ?
What cctv cameras in the area? I cant think of any "street camera's".

Okay Lidl, Asda etc have cameras, but they are not filming the street they are looking after their own premises. They would need to have a bloody good reason to be filming out into the street.
[quote][p][bold]Marzi30[/bold] wrote: With all the stories regarding sexual grooming, and let's not pull any punches for fear of being branded racist, which is occurring largely within Asian communities, have the BN omitted to give a description of the driver rather than the car ? Also with the huge number of CCTV cameras that surely exist within that area have the Police not been able to follow that car's movements ?[/p][/quote]What cctv cameras in the area? I cant think of any "street camera's". Okay Lidl, Asda etc have cameras, but they are not filming the street they are looking after their own premises. They would need to have a bloody good reason to be filming out into the street. atlas123
  • Score: 11

6:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

They are obviously Asian as the Bolton News is usually pretty good at stating when they are 'white'. Stop protecting certain communities and treat us all as equals. We all know that grooming is rife within one certain community, we are all adults, we are not stupid!
They are obviously Asian as the Bolton News is usually pretty good at stating when they are 'white'. Stop protecting certain communities and treat us all as equals. We all know that grooming is rife within one certain community, we are all adults, we are not stupid! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 53

6:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

julieanddave says...

my daughter was approached on blackburn road and asked her name and aged yes it was by a asian man in his 20s
my daughter was approached on blackburn road and asked her name and aged yes it was by a asian man in his 20s julieanddave
  • Score: 40

7:32pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

Greater Manchester police have been withholding the descriptions in certain crimes like rape common to certain groups for years and the Manchester evening news is even worse than the Bolton news for brushing things under the carpet.
Greater Manchester police have been withholding the descriptions in certain crimes like rape common to certain groups for years and the Manchester evening news is even worse than the Bolton news for brushing things under the carpet. Wolfie190
  • Score: 18

9:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Do rape and sexual assault victims really care what colour their attackers are?
Do rape and sexual assault victims really care what colour their attackers are? Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 11

9:47pm Thu 10 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

Vote UKIP Its a no brainer... it is our time.
Vote UKIP Its a no brainer... it is our time. thomas222
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Thu 10 Apr 14

longballs r us says...

Crazy 38 wrote:
White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community
A lot of people are jumping to conclusions about why a clear description of the perpetrators has been left out to protect a certain community.
The report clearly states the descriptions were too vague and so the police decided not to release to the public. They do say one of them was Asian the other white.
Some of the readers are so bigoted that they love to post comments when it's related to foreigners.
It does not matter what colour or background they are. The most important issue here is protection of kids from vile and disgusting men.
[quote][p][bold]Crazy 38[/bold] wrote: White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community[/p][/quote]A lot of people are jumping to conclusions about why a clear description of the perpetrators has been left out to protect a certain community. The report clearly states the descriptions were too vague and so the police decided not to release to the public. They do say one of them was Asian the other white. Some of the readers are so bigoted that they love to post comments when it's related to foreigners. It does not matter what colour or background they are. The most important issue here is protection of kids from vile and disgusting men. longballs r us
  • Score: 6

12:22am Fri 11 Apr 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

longballs r us wrote:
Crazy 38 wrote:
White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community
A lot of people are jumping to conclusions about why a clear description of the perpetrators has been left out to protect a certain community.
The report clearly states the descriptions were too vague and so the police decided not to release to the public. They do say one of them was Asian the other white.
Some of the readers are so bigoted that they love to post comments when it's related to foreigners.
It does not matter what colour or background they are. The most important issue here is protection of kids from vile and disgusting men.
Well said. As the report says, (which came from the Police) it was the Police who decided not to release the 'vague' descriptions, therefore nothing to do with the BN or them being racist and/or protective of any particular ethnicity of our community. If you think the paper is a '3rd rate rag' and 'a joke' then don't buy it or read it online, simples. Stick to the likes of the daily mail or the sun, they always tell a good story.
[quote][p][bold]longballs r us[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crazy 38[/bold] wrote: White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community[/p][/quote]A lot of people are jumping to conclusions about why a clear description of the perpetrators has been left out to protect a certain community. The report clearly states the descriptions were too vague and so the police decided not to release to the public. They do say one of them was Asian the other white. Some of the readers are so bigoted that they love to post comments when it's related to foreigners. It does not matter what colour or background they are. The most important issue here is protection of kids from vile and disgusting men.[/p][/quote]Well said. As the report says, (which came from the Police) it was the Police who decided not to release the 'vague' descriptions, therefore nothing to do with the BN or them being racist and/or protective of any particular ethnicity of our community. If you think the paper is a '3rd rate rag' and 'a joke' then don't buy it or read it online, simples. Stick to the likes of the daily mail or the sun, they always tell a good story. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 4

6:15am Fri 11 Apr 14

Our streets says...

Some of the readers on here need to take their blinkers off!!
A pervs a perv he has no religion colour or creed!!
When a perv does what he does,he does'nt do it in the name of his religion!
So why do some dumb ill educated readers jump to conclusion?
We all have heard or read about a certain religion where the priests were targeting young boys!!
Shall we all jump to conclusion & blame the whole of that religion as....,
See where I'm going with this?
So of you are to dumb & ignorant to understand!!
Some of the readers on here need to take their blinkers off!! A pervs a perv he has no religion colour or creed!! When a perv does what he does,he does'nt do it in the name of his religion! So why do some dumb ill educated readers jump to conclusion? We all have heard or read about a certain religion where the priests were targeting young boys!! Shall we all jump to conclusion & blame the whole of that religion as...., See where I'm going with this? So of you are to dumb & ignorant to understand!! Our streets
  • Score: -7

9:41am Fri 11 Apr 14

Beina1885 says...

I ain't bothered what race, color, creed, show size this person/peoples are but a vague discription is better than none. I have family and friends in that area so all we're asking for is a little help so people can look out for themselves.
I ain't bothered what race, color, creed, show size this person/peoples are but a vague discription is better than none. I have family and friends in that area so all we're asking for is a little help so people can look out for themselves. Beina1885
  • Score: 7

2:16pm Fri 11 Apr 14

tinypet says...

have schools in the area sent letters home with the kids? i know sharples secondary haven't, but then again safety isnt there highest priority is it. They employed a terrorist and have an accused rapist. utter shambles that place.
have schools in the area sent letters home with the kids? i know sharples secondary haven't, but then again safety isnt there highest priority is it. They employed a terrorist and have an accused rapist. utter shambles that place. tinypet
  • Score: 12

9:15am Sat 12 Apr 14

danssoncabaret says...

Crazy 38 wrote:
White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community
One could be forgiven when reading the BN of thinking we lived in "Midsummer Bolton"
[quote][p][bold]Crazy 38[/bold] wrote: White, Asian, black... A description would be good...unless you are trying to protect a certain community[/p][/quote]One could be forgiven when reading the BN of thinking we lived in "Midsummer Bolton" danssoncabaret
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Sat 12 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

These pervs. are organised pervs .also known as groomers.They make money doing this which is also a crime.But we all know the penalty for committing a crime in Bolton is sweet F.A.Especially pertaining to the more "sensitive" members of the community.God forbid if they get upset and decide to go home. :-)
These pervs. are organised pervs .also known as groomers.They make money doing this which is also a crime.But we all know the penalty for committing a crime in Bolton is sweet F.A.Especially pertaining to the more "sensitive" members of the community.God forbid if they get upset and decide to go home. :-) boltonnut
  • Score: 5

1:38pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Earthlungs says...

lt's ridiculous to say of Asain appearance when their is a multiple of countries in Asia.And when one is referred to as white lt comes over as one is protected while the other is fully exposed what race and nationality he is.
Get to the facts.What do you mean by Asian.Afghan Pakistan maybe.Never before has Britian been plagued with so much child grooming during the last couple of decades and growing fast.Covering up the truth will only escalate the problem to fester
lt's ridiculous to say of Asain appearance when their is a multiple of countries in Asia.And when one is referred to as white lt comes over as one is protected while the other is fully exposed what race and nationality he is. Get to the facts.What do you mean by Asian.Afghan Pakistan maybe.Never before has Britian been plagued with so much child grooming during the last couple of decades and growing fast.Covering up the truth will only escalate the problem to fester Earthlungs
  • Score: 7

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