Young boy escapes clutches of stranger in Sydenham Park Road

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:03 13 March 2013

A 10-year-old boy escaped from a stranger who approached him from behind and tried to pull him back by his shoulders in Sydenham on Monday morning.

The incident took place at around 8.40am in Sydenham Park Road as the boy was travelling to school.

It follows the attempted abduction of a nine-year-old girl, also in Sydenham, last month - though police maintain the two are not linked.

The suspect is described as being a black man, approximately 6ft tall and was seen wearing a hat, as well as a black coat with a Union Jack flat on the chest.

Under his coat, the man was seen wearing a black and white top with a white skull on it and was wearing a goal hexagon shaped ring on the little finger of his left hand.

It is also believed he had a blue van, with a window at the back and a door that opened upwards.

Det Insp Lesley Hamilton, of Lewisham police, said: “We would like to stress that this incident is not being linked to any other previously reported to us.

“Equally whilst we understand that parents are concerned we do not wish to cause alarm and continue to ask them and their children to remain vigilant.

“We also encourage members of the public to contact us with any information regarding this incident “

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams in Lewisham continue to work closely with local schools and, where necessary, have increased patrols.

Anyone with information can contact Lewisham CID directly on 020 8284 8324, or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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