Trio attempted to ‘entice’ teen into car

Police investigating Newton Mearns incident
Police investigating Newton Mearns incident

Police are appealing for witnesses after three people attempted to lure a young girl into a car on a Newton Mearns street.

The incident happened on the morning of Monday, July 11, in Corrour Road, when the girl was targeted by the trio who were in a black Mazda car.

The 12-year-old girl was reportedly left “distressed” by the incident, which was reported to police by her mother, but was otherwise left unharmed.

Police believe the that peole in the car were looking to steal the girls belongings and so are treating the incident as “attempted robbery”.

Detective Inspector Stevie Watson, of Pollok CID, said: “The young girl did the right thing; she ran off, called her mum who contacted the police.

“She was not injured but it was very distressing for her and her family to experience.

“At no time did the occupants of the car try to physically get her into the car and whilst the motive has still to be established, at this time, we believe this was more of an attempted robbery - due to the items the girl had - rather than an attempted abduction, however, either way, it does not diminish the seriousness of the incident.”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Around 11.45am on Monday, July 11, the occupants of a black Mazda car, two men and a woman, tried to entice a 12-year-old girl over to their car on Corrour Rd, Newton Mearns.

“The girl ran off on approach and police were called.

“Enquires are continuing.”

“Anyone who saw the car in the area or who has any information they believe may help officers with their enquiry is asked to contact Pollok CID via 101 or call Crimestoppers, where anonymity can be guaranteed, on 0800 555 111.”

It is understood that there have been no reports of similar incident in the area but police have warned residents to be on their guard.