A 28 year old man has been arrested following reports that somebody had been posing as a police officer and approaching schoolgirls.
The suspect was held on Wednesday (20th Jan, 2015) by police in Haringey, north London, on suspicion of attempting to take a child.
He was taken into custody but has since been bailed.
He had been seen posing as a police officer and attempted to abduct up to six young girls during the schoolrun early on Monday and Tuesday mornings in north London.
The girls, all between the ages of 11 and 14 years old, were approached by the same man in a number of locations in the Hornsey area between 8am and 9am on both days, according to the Metropolitan Police.
He was not wearing a police uniform but allegedly told all of the girls he was a police officer.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said none of the girls were injured in any of the incidents.
The man involved is described as black, between 20 to 30 years old and of medium build.
He had short dark hair and was wearing a jacket with the hood up.
Officers are continuing to speak to the girls, their schools and their parents to determine the circumstances surrounding each incident.
Chief Inspector Jude Beehag-Fisher, from Haringey Borough, said: “It would be unusual for police officers in plain clothes not to identify themselves by showing a warrant card, and members of the public are entitle to ask to see one.
“Any child approached by someone in the street, in similar circumstances to these incidents, that are not shown any identification that they the person is a police officer, should get away from them as quickly as possible, they should shout for help and make sure they tell a parent, teacher or other person in authority as soon as possible.
“In an emergency always dial 999.”
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Trevers released the following statement: “Haringey does not see this type of offence very often and I want to reassure the community that such instances are incredibly rare.
“Notwithstanding the development of an arrest, I urge any witnesses to come forward so that my team can be sure to identify and prosecute the offender of these awful crimes.
“If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of such a crime, please contact us via 101 and be assured officers will treat you with care and sensitivity and we will do all we can to support you.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.