Man arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction in Lambeth

Kennington Lane
Image caption Police said the two girls were approached on Kennington Lane in Lambeth

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after officers received reports of attempted child abductions in an area of south London.

Police are investigating three separate approaches, which took place in a small area of Lambeth.

The Met had warned parents about a man or men approaching school children and suggesting they go with them.

The man is being held at a south London police station and has been held on suspicion of attempted child abduction.

Patrols have been increased in the area, the police said.

On Thursday 15 January, at about 17:00 GMT, in Sancroft Street, a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man.

Image caption Officers said the first approach was made on Sancroft Street, Lambeth, on 15 January

Five days later, on Tuesday 20 January, at about 07:20 in Kennington Lane, an 11-year-old girl was approached by two men who were believed to be driving a white car.

The following day, at about 08:30, also in Kennington Lane, a 16-year-old girl was approached by a man.

Ch Insp Nick Collins said "Officers from Lambeth are currently investigating the incidents and are still trying to determine whether the same man or men were involved in all three.

"Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us."

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