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Published February 28, 2023

Police investigate suspicious incident involving young girl

South Simcoe Police say motorist engaged with a child walking home from school in Bradford

 Police are asking for the public's help following a suspicious incident in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

South Simcoe Police say that between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, a 12-year-old girl was walking home from school in the area of Northgate Drive and Prince Drive when a man driving a dark-coloured vehicle spoke to her. The girl did not respond and ran home.

Police are asking residents for security camera or dash camera footage that can help identify the driver and/or the vehicle.

The driver is described as white, in his 50s with short grey hair, white grey stubble, and no accent.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact South Simcoe Police Service at 905-775-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

Banner image - vehicle in the suspicious incident - supplied by South Simcoe Police

The South Simcoe Police Service is providing the following safety tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Teach children not to go anywhere with anyone without first getting permission from a parent/ guardian
  • Teach children never to accept anything from anyone unless they have permission from a parent/guardian
  • Practice scenarios with your child. Ask them what they would do if someone approaches them, asks them for help, says their parent sent them
  • Encourage your child to tell a parent or trusted adult if someone approaches them, or if a situation makes them uncomfortable
  • Teach your child to trust their instincts and the importance of paying attention to their surroundings
  • Encourage children to always have a buddy with them, if possible
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