It is too soon to say whether an attempted abduction of a
Cromwell girl was linked to two similar incidents in
Invercargill during the past month, Alexandra police say.
''At this stage, we don't believe so, as there are different
descriptions of the men involved, but it's probably a bit
early to rule out any link,'' Sergeant Derek Ealson, of
Alexandra, said yesterday.
Central Otago police are investigating an incident on Friday
when a 12-year-girl cycling home in Cromwell was allegedly
grabbed from behind by one of the occupants of a white van
with tinted windows after the van had been following the
girl. Sgt Ealson had praise for the girl's actions.
''She did exactly the right thing and screamed and kicked."
The girl was able to break free and the men, described as
dark-skinned with foreign accents, drove off.
One of the men had shoulder-length dreadlocks and the other
had a shaven head. Police had received some information from
members of the public but were still keen to hear from anyone
else, he said.
Southland police are investigating two incidents of a man
with grey hair in a white van with tinted windows allegedly
attempting abductions of teenage girls in Invercargill during
the past three weeks.
Sgt Ealson said police were still investigating an incident
in Alexandra on Friday afternoon, in which a 7-year-old boy
was offered a ride home by a stranger.
They were confident that incident was separate from the