Second report of teenage girl approached by men in a car in Thanet

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Police have confirmed officers are investigating a second Thanet incident of a suspicious approach being made to a teenage girl by men in a car.

On August 13 three men, described as Eastern European and driving a  mud brown Citroen, are reported to have tried to drag a 13-year-old girl into their vehicle. It happened just off Cecil Square in Margate at around 3pm.

The girl’s mum, Ramsgate nurse Kirstie McCann, arrived to pick her daughter up and saw the incident. The men drove off after she starting shouting at them.

It has now emerged that a second report has been made, this time of a 16-year-old girl being approached in Birchington just a week later on August 20.

In a warning post the girl’s mother said: “My 16 year old daughter was just on her way home from work, walking along Borrow Road /Park Avenue area and was approached by a brown car with three Eastern European men. The car stopped and one of them approached her. She luckily ran away, phoned me, and was near enough for me to meet her. She’s very shaken. Please be vigilant.”

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating following a report that a man tried to make a teenager get in his car. The incident is reported to have happened in Cecil Square, Margate  on Tuesday,August 13.

“Kent Police were also made aware to a report of an incident in Park Avenue, Birchington at 10pm on Tuesday, August 20. It is reported a vehicle pulled up alongside a 16-year-old girl. A man got out of the car and the girl ran away.”

Detective Inspector Richard Palmer of Kent Police said: ‘It is too early to link the two incidents and a full investigation into both reports is ongoing.’

It is understood that officers have identified a car on CCTV footage from the Margate incident.

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