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Parents and youngsters in Inverness urged to be vigilant following second strange car approach

Galloway Drive, Culloden where there have been a number of alleged incidents involving young children being approached. Picture by Sandy McCook
Galloway Drive, Culloden where there have been a number of alleged incidents involving young children being approached. Picture by Sandy McCook

A city-wide alert was put in place last night after an alleged second child snatch attempt in an Inverness suburb.

Schools have been warned of “stranger danger” following the latest incident in Culloden on Tuesday.

The recent scare follows a similar incident in nearby Westhill where, again, boys were approached by men in a blue car.

Councillor Ken Gowans said: “This is deeply worrying. We were concerned about the initial incident in Westhill, but we now have this one in Culloden – again in daylight.

“I have contacted the chief executive of Highland Council and she has taken appropriate action to raise awareness of the dangers on our streets for young children.

“It is deeply worrying these incidents are taking place in the Culloden and Westhill areas of the city, with similar descriptions about the men approaching youngters in a blue car.”

A police spokesman said: “Officers received a report of a suspicious incident on Galloway Drive, Culloden, in which a boy was approached.

“Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

Highland Council said the matter was in police hands.

The earlier incident involved two boys, aged 6 and 10, in Westfield Way at around 4.30pm on February 23.

A car pulled up and one of the men inside asked the boys to get into the car.

Inspector Alastair Garrow said : “The boys refused to get in the car and are safe and well.

“This is a worrying incident and we have carried out a review of CCTV and door-to-door inquiries to ascertain who these two men are.

“One of the men is described as having a short beard, brown hair wearing a blue/red jacket or jumper.

“One of the men is described as having a short beard and brown hair, wearing a blue and red jacket or jumper.  They were driving a dark blue car.”

The force has appealed for information and Mr Gowans urged anyone who may have seen the car to come forward.

He said: “We live close to where it happened and it is awful when this happens on your doorstep.

“Hopefully the police will be able to use CCTV to track down the car and find out who these men were.”

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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