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Man who approached nine-year-old in Hermitage was off-duty officer, police confirm

Police no longer appealing for information

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A MAN who approached a nine-year-old girl in Hermitage on Saturday prompting a police appeal for witnesses has been confirmed as an off-duty police officer.

The incident sparked a police hunt for the driver of a blue Mazda who had spoken to the girl as she walked along the roadside 50 to 100 metres behind her family.

He drove off when the father noticed and shouted for the girl. 

However, a police spokesperson said today: "Following an appeal that was issued yesterday regarding an incident in Hermitage on Saturday afternoon, the driver involved has now been confirmed as an off-duty police officer.

"The officer was concerned to see a young child who appeared to be walking alone and offered to drive her back to her family. He had his own children in the car and showed his warrant card, before the girl's father called her back towards the family.

"The girl's family have now been updated. We are no longer appealing for information and the incident has been safely resolved.

"Thank you to the public and the media for sharing the appeal."

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  • Ajwatson

    13/03/2017 - 17:05

    Good for him. Shame on the parents. Especially for sharing that the man to take their daughter. That was clearly a lie.

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    • Ajwatson

      13/03/2017 - 17:05

      *tried to

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  • boris

    13/03/2017 - 16:04

    It is a very sad society we live in as i would never approach a young girl on her own to ask if she was lost i would need a witness first to go with me very very sad

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  • DjDjDj

    13/03/2017 - 14:02

    Always surprised at all the armchair critics out there, ready and waiting to cast their unwanted opinion. Stop slagging off this officer and get back to your own life!

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    • rooter

      13/03/2017 - 16:04

      Oh the irony.... Do you not think it would have been sensible for the officer to have made his position clear to the father of a 9 year old girl to explain to him why he stopped his car and got out and talked to her? No? you must be happy to have a random adult man talk to your kids then..

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      • Ajwatson

        13/03/2017 - 17:05

        Who said he got out of his car?

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        • rooter

          13/03/2017 - 17:05

          From original story run by NWN this morning "According to police the male has got out of the vehicle and spoken to the girl expressing concerns that the she is not with her family and offered to take her back to them."

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  • rooter

    13/03/2017 - 12:12

    Why the hell did the officer not wait for the Dad to confirm who he was and why he stopped? No need for the stress for the family, the workload of the police. Fair play to him for stopping while off duty etc, but badly handled by him...

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