Police investigate three suspected child abduction outside West Wales primary schools
Police hunt grey-haired suspect seen driving small black car with tinted windows over claims he tried to abduct two young children
Detectives are investigating three separate attempted child abductions outside different West Wales primary schools.
Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed they are looking into a “suspicious incident” which happened outside Penparc primary, near Cardigan, on Monday.
They are also investigating two other suspected abductions which happened near Beulah Community School in Beulah, Newcastle Emlyn, and near Cilgerran Primary School in Cilgerran – four miles south of Cardigan.
However a spokesman said the force is treating each incident separately and officers are not linking them.
On Wednesday the force revealed it was hunting the grey haired driver of a small black car with tinted windows who allegedly tried to coax two young children into his car.
The “suspicious incident” happened outside Penparc primary in Cardigan just after classes finished at around 3.30pm on Monday.
Police, who have since urged parents and children to be vigilant, said the grey haired motorist asked the youngsters whether they wanted a lift home.
After they refused, the car drove north in the direction of Tremain.
Following the incident, parents of pupils at the school suggested on Facebook it may be linked to the other two cases in which a man in a dark car has allegedly approached youngsters in their school uniform in the past few weeks.
While a teacher at one of the schools raised concerns that police have not made them aware of the other two incidents.
The teacher, who did not want to be named, said: “In the latest case a car stopped two children as they walked home and asked them whether they wanted a lift.
“The children said no thanks and went straight home where they told their mum and she called police.”
They added: “There’s been two other incidents in the past couple of months and in each case a black car has apparently been involved.
“Everybody is a little concerned but thankfully the majority of children are picked up by their parents.
“It would be interesting to see what the police have to say about each one but from a child safety point of view if something like this happens then you would hope to be told about it even if it isn’t at your school.
“It could all be perfectly innocent but if it isn’t it’s surprising the schools haven’t been warned about it before.”
Dyfed Powys Police said they are investigating the Penparc primary incident but are yet to comment on the other two.
A force spokesman said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is conducting inquiries into a report of a suspicious incident which occurred at approximately 3.30pm on Monday, April 15, in the Penparc area of Cardigan.
“During the incident two school pupils in school uniform were walking on the footpath between Penparc school and Tremain when the driver of a vehicle stopped to offer them a lift.
The children declined the offer of a lift and the car drove off in the direction of Tremain.
He added: “Police would like to trace and speak to the driver in connection with this incident and appeal to the public to report any information of note.
“The vehicle is described as a small black car with tinted windows.
The vehicle was driven by a male with grey hair.
“Police would like to urge members of the public – especially schoolchildren and staff to be vigilant following this incident and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.
“Instances of this nature are rare but anyone with any information in relation to this matter is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.”
A spokeswoman for Pembrokeshire council said: “We are aware that there was an incident in the village of Cilgerran on March 26, but it had no connection with the primary school.
“As a precaution local police spoke to pupils to remind them of the dangers of talking to strangers.”