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Surrey RCMP investigate report of attempted abduction near school

Last Updated Oct 17, 2020 at 9:24 pm PDT

FILE - RCMP. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Police were called to Adams Road Elementary School in the Cloverdale neighborhood around 3 p.m. Friday

A student told staff at their school that a man in a black van had 'asked them to get inside the vehicle'

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Mounties in Surrey are looking into a report of an attempted abduction near an elementary school on Friday.

Police were called to Adams Road Elementary School in the Cloverdale neighborhood around 3 p.m.

“A student reported they were approached by a man driving a black van, who asked them to get inside the vehicle. The student ran away, back inside the school where staff called the police,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko.

“We do have more investigation that we have to do at this time in regards to this report, but out of an abundance of caution we did want to bring this to the public’s attention. Whenever we receive reports from students, children, or youth about suspicious circumstances we want to bring those to the public’s attention out of an abundance of caution. We look into them with diligence to try to find answers quickly for parents.”

The man driving the van is described as “dark-skinned.” He is bald with a beard and was wearing an orange-brown shirt.

Police are speaking to people in the neighbourhood, and looking for video.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at (604) 599-0502.

Meanwhile, Sturko says an incident reported last Wednesday has been resolved, with police finding “here was no attempt to abduct children.”

“As a result of an investigation by Surrey RCMP, the vehicle and the driver involved were identified. It was determined that there was no attempt to abduct children. The man was in the area, taking photos related to his business.”