Schools on alert after girl, 12, threatened by man with knife

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A 12-year-old girl was threatened by a man with a knife while she was on her way to school in Kempston this morning, Tuesday, April 22.

Officers from Kempston’s Local Policing Team are keen to trace witnesses to the incident which happened at 8.50am as the girl was making her way along Beech Walk.

A man approached the girl and pushed her to the ground before threatening her with a knife and leaving the scene.

The girl managed to make her way to school and raised the alarm.

Police Sergeant Richard Dickson, investigating, is keen to trace anyone who was in the Beech Walk area this morning and saw the incident.

PS Dickson said: “This was an unusual incident and all schools in the area have been warned and extra police patrols are taking place.

“The young girl was bruised during the incident and left extremely frightened but otherwise unhurt.

Officers are now trying to trace the man who is described as having an Asian appearance, with a large build and dressed in black clothes with a black hooded top. I would urge anyone who has seen a man matching this description in the area or anyone who saw the incident this morning to contact officers as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact PS Dickson, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.