Patrols stepped up after driver 'stops car and approaches girls'

Police appeal for help to find man who twice approached girls in Grangemouth.

Police patrols stepped up after man ‘stops car and approaches young girls’ in Grangemouth iStock

Regular police patrols are being carried out in Grangemouth after a man stopped his car and approached young girls.

A 15-year-old girl was approached in Moray Place around 4pm on Saturday, September 17 by a man driving a saloon-type car, believed to be a Vauxhall Vectra or Astra.

Later that evening, at around 8pm, a man with the same description stopped his car and spoke to a group of girls on Oldwalls Place, near to Charlotte Dundas Court.

The man in both incidents is described as black, around 6ft 2ins, of slim build with short cropped hair, and speaking with a foreign accent. 

He was wearing a green jacket, blue baggy jeans and a blue surgical-style mask, which he removed when speaking.

Community sergeant Iain Duncan said: “We understand incidents like this can be concerning for the local community and I would like to give reassurance that officers are working to trace the man involved.

“I would ask anyone who may have seen him or know of him approaching anyone to get in touch.

“In particular if you have private CCTV or dash-cam footage that might help with our enquiries please make contact with us.

“Regular patrols are being carried out in the area and anyone with concerns can approach and speak to officers.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident numbers 2628 and 4175 of Saturday, September 17, 2022, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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