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Women warned to be vigilant after stranger asks young woman to get into his car in Churchdown

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

Women warned to be vigilant after stranger asks young woman to get into his car in Churchdown

Police are warning women to be vigilant

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WOMEN are being urged to take extra care after two suspicious incidents where a man has tried to get people into his car.

Police are appealing for information after a man asked a young woman to get in his car in Churchdown on Wednesday.

The incident happened as the 21-year-old woman got off a bus in Parton Road at about 6.30pm.

She crossed the road and was walking in the direction of St John’s Avenue when a silver car pulled up alongside her.

The driver asked her to get in several times, prompting the woman to try to cross the road to raise the attention of a man walking a small white dog, but the driver pulled up alongside her and blocked her.

When she refused to get in the car again, the man laughed and drove away in the direction of the Hare and Hounds pub.

A very similar incident was reported in Cheltenham last Saturday too, with police exploring the possibility they are linked.

Pearl Stokes, chairman of the parish council, said: “I thought Churchdown was a safe place.

“I have lived here for 48 years and this is slightly worrying because a lot of residents walk around in Churchdown especially those who come off the bus.

“I feel sorry for this young girl.”

The driver is described as a white man, in his 20s, with a skinny face and skinny arms.

He had mousy brown hair which was short but not shaven on the sides and longer spiky hair on top. He was wearing a blue short sleeved top with a collar and buttons, possibly a polo shirt.

His car is described as a silver five-door hatchback model, possibly a Citroen.

Joan Hughes, who runs the local history group, said: “It gets dark early so everyone, especially those walking alone, should be vigilant.”

Officers are also keen to speak to the dog walker the woman tried to reach.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 354 of January 15.

The police advise people to always take a mobile telephone with them when going out.

Those feeling vulnerable could carry a personal attack alarm too.

People should try to alter their daily routines or ask friends to go with them whenever possible and always try to let someone know what their plans are.

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