On suspicion of attempting to kidnap a young schoolgirl, a man dressed as a police officer was apprehended.
On Wednesday, October 13 at 8 a.m., a guy wearing a yellow hi-visibility jacket approached a 14-year-old girl in Crawley, West Sussex, before cycling away, according to Sussex Police.
The adolescent was “forced off the road and had her garments examined,” but she was unharmed and is being assisted by expert authorities.
On the 14th of October, a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and impersonating a police officer. He is currently being held in jail.
“We understand that this arrest will have an impact on communities,” West Sussex Police Superintendent Marc Clothier said.
“We want to reassure individuals that we have not received any similar reports at this time and that no one in the community is currently at risk as a result of this occurrence.”
“In the neighborhood, you will notice additional uniformed patrols, and we invite you to stop and speak with us if you have any issues.”
“Please call 999 immediately if you witness any behavior that causes you concern.”
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “On her way to school on Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl was approached by a man wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket, who took her to a nearby place off the road and inspected her clothing before cycling away.
“A 32-year-old local guy was arrested in the town around 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 14th, after police enquiries and additional information.
“He was detained for questioning and additional investigation after being arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and impersonating a police officer.”
Anyone with information about the incident is invited to call 101 and mention Operation Lonsdale.