11 year old Girl in Taunton Incident
An 11 year old girl was approached by a man on Wednesday 17 June in Manor Orchard, Taunton
The incident happened at 8.20am as the girl was walking to school. The girl told the Police that the man made contact with her left arm before she ran away. She suffered no physical injuries.
The man who approached the girl is described as white, just under 6ft, in his mid-30s, of medium build, with facial hair likened to a close-cut beard. He was wearing a navy/black baseball cap, green/teal top and blue baggy jeans.
Police have increased patrols in the area. Officers have visited the scene and carried out house-to-house and CCTV enquiries as part of their ongoing investigation.
Meanwhile parents and carers are encouraged to remind their children about being aware of their surroundings and what to do if they are frightened by a stranger. That is to run away home or to the nearest busy public place, like a shop, and tell someone straight away.
PC Stewart Cuthbert explained: “This young girl was not harmed in the incident and she did exactly the right thing by drawing attention to it by telling her teachers and mother. We’ve not received any other reports of this kind of thing happening but take this matter seriously and are investigating. Proactive patrols of the area have been increased as a result. Anyone with any information which could help our investigation is asked to get in touch through our website, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5220132962.”