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‘Don’t talk to strangers, get lifts’

Police are issuing a stern warning to parents to educate their children about talking to strangers and getting into cars with people they don’t know.

This comes after three children between the ages of 10 and 15 were lured away from their Ruyterwacht home on Sunday 30 June around 14:00.

Daniel Dekker of the Ruyterwacht Safety Watch informed the newspaper about the incident which they attended to.

“A man believed to be in his 30s was driving a black Toyota Tazz in the area. He stopped at a flat in Celtis Street, knocked and the children opened the door.

“He told the children that their mother bought a PlayStation and also a TV for them and they should come to fetch it at a truck nearby as the truck broke down. The children got in the gentleman’s Toyota and then he drove away with them. In Belhar they became suspicious,” explained Dekker. He said the children were able to escape and ran all the way to Parow to a family member.

“The distraught mother went looking for the children and eventually went to Elsies River Police Station to lay charges,” he said.

Dekker added that community members went to the Ruyterwacht flat to check up on the family.

“That’s when one of the children informed us about how the vehicle looked and also where he drove. The child mentioned that the driver actually stopped the vehicle and removed the number plates and continued his journey with them.

“He apparently promised to give them money as well.”

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant George Mjiwu confirmed that a case of kidnapping was reported.

“A case of kidnapping is under investigation after a man lured three children age between 10 and 15 from their home to Belhar.

“According to reports, he lured the children under false pretense that they must help him with goods that their mother bought. When they got to Belhar he told them to get out of the car and they became suspicious and they ran away.

“They returned home unharmed. We advise the parents to warn their children to stay away from cars which they don’t know.

“We urge anyone with information to contact Sergeant Vellem on 021 928 1445 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.”

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