A TERRIFIED 11-year-old girl has nightmares and won t sleep alone in her bedroom after a stranger tried to tempt her into his van as she walked to school. The youngster, a pupil at Ely Community College, fears the man will come after her and covers her he
A TERRIFIED 11-year-old girl has nightmares and won't sleep alone in her bedroom after a stranger tried to tempt her into his van as she walked to school.
The youngster, a pupil at Ely Community College, fears the man will come after her and covers her head with her sweater when she is out in the street.
A 10-year-old pupil at Ely's St John's School saw a man fitting the same description just days later.
Now Ely Community College principal Ian Gartshore has written to parents urging them to warn their youngsters to be vigilant.
The man in a white van approached the girl near Ely Museum on the corner of Market Street.
Her mother said: "It's a really scary situation. My daughter has had nightmares and sometimes doesn't want to sleep alone in her bedroom.
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"She's been very paranoid and has often covered her head with her sweater when she's been out because she fears she will be approached again.
"We've been to the police who told us they are treating the incident as suspicious and to just make sure my daughter is never left on her own."
The girl said the man was in his mid-20s, with a shaven head and blue eyes.
The incident happened on Friday, May 18, at about 7.55am.
Three days later, the 10-year-old boy was walking on Ely's High Barns estate when he saw a man sitting in a parked white van with his arm out of the window.
The principal of City of Ely Community College, Ian Gartshore, said: "It's our duty of care to alert children and parents about what is going on while we believe there may be people out there trying to approach children.
"We have sent out letters and had messages read out in tutor groups and assemblies.
"We have also alerted students in Years 10 and 11 to act as eyes and ears, and I would urge anyone who notices anything suspicious going on or is able to obtain the number of this white van without putting themselves at risk, to get in touch with the police urgently."
Police officers have scanned CCTV cameras but have been unable to identify the van.
Ely Police Inspector Adam Gallop said: "We have linked these two incidents.
"But there has been no aggression or physical contact. The level of concern is not high and we are encouraging parents not to panic.
"If anyone sees a vehicle acting suspiciously, especially near a school, we would ask them to report it. We would also ask this man to come forward."
Anyone with any information can contact Ely Police on 0845 456 4564 or Crimestoppers Anonymously on 0800 555 111.