Child abduction attempt in Clarkston

Highfield Drive, Clarkston, Copyright Google
Highfield Drive, Clarkston, Copyright Google

Cops are on high alert in the Clarkston area after a 10-year-old boy was approached by a van driver yesterday.

The lad was walking home from school on Highfield Drive around 3.30pm when the male driver of a white van drew up alongside him, opened his passenger door and attempted to lure the boy inside saying he knew his parents and had been asked to give him a lift home.

The mother of the boy, who we are not naming, took to Facebook, posting a message warning other parents in the area. She said: “For all who live in the Clarkston area! (my son) was approached by a man in a van today while walking home from school. He was on Highfield drive. The man opened the passenger door & told him he knew his parents.

“He told (my son) he was to get a lift home as his parents had asked him to do this. I can’t respond to messages on here. We have just given the police a statement & they will inform all local schools.

“They are also interviewing the people who live on Highfield drive who live where the van was parked. Please share......”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers are carrying out inquiries in the Clarkston area following reports of a man approaching a 10-year-old boy on Highfield drive and trying to entice him into a white van.

“Officers are checking CCTV footage of the area to establish more details on the circumstances surrounding the incident to trace the man involved.

“Additional officers are patrolling the area to reassure local residents.

If you have any information which may help police with their enquiries, please call 101.