High-visibility school patrols to reassure parents

Ripon police's Sgt Tiffany has urged parents to be vigilant.
Ripon police's Sgt Tiffany has urged parents to be vigilant.

High-visibility police have been patrolling Ripon schools to reassure parents following the attempted kidnap of three-year-old girl.

As part of their enquiries into the incident, which happened on the afternoon of Saturday, June 29, officers have visited local schools to raise awareness and offer guidance about ‘stranger danger’.

No witnesses have come forward to help identify a man, who allegedly snatched the girl’s arm while she was playing in the garden of her home in Cedar Close with her eight-year-old brother. It is believed another unidentified man, who was stood outside a house in the road, saw the incident and called out to the suspect, who subsequently drove off in a small black car.

Despite house-to-house enquiries and appeals through the media, social media and the Ringmaster messaging system, the potential witness has not yet made any contact with the police. Police also understand two local girls may also have seen what happened.

North Yorkshire Police (NYP) are also urging parents to be responsible and refrain from posting comments online based on speculation or rumour after a number of comments were posted on Facebook claiming attempted abductions have been taking place in other areas, including Harrogate and Boroughbridge, which have been confirmed as false.

l Contact Ripon police on 101 and quote reference number 12130108439.