‘No cause for alarm’ say police after abduction fear

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Horsham Police’s District Commander has said there is ‘no cause for alarm’ after reports of ‘suspicious activity’ in Southwater led to abduction fears.

Sussex Police said concerns were raised on social media about an attempted abduction in the village.

Police said a report was made on November 23 concerning suspicious activity in the area of Crockhurst Close the day before.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said members of the public saw a silver car driving slowly. It is not being treated as an attempted abduction and police enquiries are ongoing, the spokesman added.

Police said a report was also made on Wednesday (November 30) about two men believed to be following a girl in Station Road, Southwater.

“After a thorough investigation, which included surveying local CCTV footage, we are satisfied that no crime had been committed and the men were innocently going about their business,” a spokesman confirmed.

Horsham District Commander, Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, said: “It is vital that anyone who fears for their safety contacts us for help, and I am pleased that this is exactly what happened.

“Fortunately on this occasion there was no cause for alarm.

“I would always encourage everyone to be vigilant about their own personal safety. We work closely with schools across the district to ensure students are given advice when travelling to and from home.”

To report a crime call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. In an emergency, always call 999.

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