Pervert Targets Teenage Girls On Canvey

(Echo) – A PERVERT is being hunted by police after he twice targeted schoolgirls on Canvey.

The man approached both girls, aged 15, as they walked alone.

He stopped one at Castle Point Golf Course, in Somnes Avenue, but she managed to run away. The man gave chase, but she was able to give him the slip.

The second girl was approached in Thorney Bay Road.

The man pulled over in a grey hatchback and asked her to get in.

When she declined he said “OK”, but ominously said he would see her tomorrow. He then gave up and drove away.

The culprit is aged between 40 and 50, with long scruffy shoulder-length grey and brown hair.

PC Sam Baldwin, of Canvey police, said: “They have been linked because the same description has been given, which is why it’s a concern.

“We just want to make sure that people keep their eyes open.”

The first incident happened at about 4.45pm on Monday March 1, the second at about 8.10pm on Tuesday, March 16.

Yet police only revealed what had happened yesterday.

Anyone with information should call PC Christian Howell at Canvey police station on 0300 3334444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Ted.
    I feel i must comment on this one this dangerous individual must be caught with some urgency this as lifted crime on Canvey to a worrying higher level this kind of incident i am afraid brings the right side of me out,life must mean life in prison with no chance of parole, i would ask all that could identify this individual to do so we all need to be aware to protect young girls from this serial predator this Country should take the same view as America lock them up and throw the key away.

    Regards Neville.

    • I do not think anyone here would disagree with you, Neville. But I wonder if you share my view that, in the Echo’s piece, the last but one sentence subtly accusing the local constabulary of irresponsibility for not informing the press earlier should be condemned?

      Responsible journalists normally work with the local police in an effort to assist them – and it is perfectly reasonable for officers to only inform the press of incidents when their own operations are winding-down.

      The Echo makes it seem that they should have been able to inform residents, and the perpetrator, immediately – so that he could conduct his perversions elsewhere.

      I did not personally notice any increased police presence on the island during the dates in question; but, then again, I would have been annoyed to have been able to do so. A sudden increase in uniformed officers would have simply put the individual on his guard.

      I would, however, be very surprised if the police had not actually conducted heightened surveillance, and public protection, in civilian clothes.

      The additional sentence in the Echo’s piece is unworthy of responsible reporting unless the Echo has information suggesting the police did nothing in this case. But the fact that they make no such accusation in their piece leads me to presume they do not.

      This is not the first time that the Echo has included such a reference, and residents would be forgiven for thinking that it is simply the drip, drip of suggesting police incompetence to tie-in with Spink and CIIP suggestions that the force is ineffective at solving the Island’s anti-social behaviour problems (and taking the spotlight off themselves).

  2. Hi Ted.
    Thank you for your reply i must be honest we must accept each professional skills and advice be they Police or Journalist both have in my opinion a very important role to play but i do feel the police for what ever reason they decided to keep this quiet must have had sound reasons,i have never gone against police advice when they come before the Scrutiny Committee.

    But i know one thing an investigating Journalist is very skilled at obtaining evidence that on many cases have helped the police, but i do believe the police request or decision not to inform the papers must have been vital so therefore i would stick with the police on this one.

    Regards Neville.

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