Kent and Sussex stranger warning as girls grabbed

Police have advised parents to ensure their children are supervised, after reports of three incidents where girls were grabbed by strangers.

Detectives from Kent and Sussex forces are working together to investigate the incidents over a week in Ashford, Hawkhurst and Rye.

In each case, the girls were grabbed by a man who got out of a car. All were able to get away without injury.

Supt Rob Vinson, of Kent Police, said parents should remain vigilant.

They should also ensure their children were well versed in the potential risks of talking to strangers.

Dark-coloured car

The incidents, in Kings Avenue, Rye, The Moor, Hawkhurst and Brabourne Lees, Ashford happened between 31 March and 6 April.

Police, who have now revealed the two forces are working closely together, said that in each case a dark-coloured car was involved.

All the victims described their attacker as white and two said he had a beard.

Two described him as in his 20s, but one as between 40 and 50 years old. But police said traumatised young victims did not always recall exact details of events.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have information about these, or similar incidents, to come forward," said Supt Vinson.

"I am confident that local residents will play an important role to ensuring the safety of our children."

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