Warning issued after ‘man in monkey mask’ tried to lure child into his car

Warning issued after ‘man in monkey mask’ tried to lure child into his car

A man wearing a monkey mask attempted to abduct a 12-year-old boy, prompting a police search.

The schoolboy was waiting at a bus stop at around 3.10pm on Thursday when two men pulled up in a white car.

One of them asked the boy if he would like a lift home before two other men intervened.

The car sped off in Brighton, East Sussex, and no one was harmed.

A friend of the boy’s mum posted on Facebook : “A warning to parents!

“My friend’s son was approached today by a man in a white car claiming to know his dad saying that he would take him home.

“As the man in the drivers seat was talking to him a man in the back wearing a monkey mask and a ponytail tried to get out of the back of the car and get him but two members of the public stopped it from happening.”

Sussex Police are appealing for the two members of the public who helped and any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Mike Ashcroft said: “We are pursuing several lines of enquiry as we work to establish the full circumstances.

“We are appealing directly to the two individuals who stepped in to help to come forward and speak to the officers investigating the circumstances of this incident.

“We are also appealing to any other witnesses in the area who may have seen what happened.

“Be assured that incidents such as these are extremely rare and we would urge anyone in this situation to walk away or call for help and dial 999 immediately.”

One suspect is described as a white man, of a large build, with a ponytail and was wearing a monkey designed facemask.

The other man was also white, aged in his 40s or 50s, and spoke with a Scottish accent.