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No risk to schoolgirls, police say, after reports couple tried to lure them into car

PUBLISHED: 16:45 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:58 20 September 2018

Police have closed a road in Wisbech following a crash this evening. Picture: Ian Burt

Police have closed a road in Wisbech following a crash this evening. Picture: Ian Burt

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Police say they are satisfied that two 11-year-olds girls who feared a couple were trying to lure them into a car with a puppy were not at risk.

Fears were first raised over the incident yesterday and police confirmed they had been to see the family involved, and asked anyone with information to come forward.

It had been reported that two schoolgirls were walking home from Taverham High School through a car park at around 3.40pm when a man and a woman in a small white car, believed to be a Fiat, asked them if they would like to stroke a dachshund puppy, and told them they could have it if they got in.

But today a spokesman said: “Officers have conducted enquiries and have now spoken to all parties involved, including the person driving the car. It has been established that no offences have been committed and those involved were not at any risk.”

Neil Philpott, assistant head teacher at Taverham High School, where the girls are pupils, said they had recently led talks on safety. He said: “Last week we held a group around internet safety and general safety and what everybody can do. Obviously it was the right message in terms of the students doing the right thing.”

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