Appeal for witnesses to ‘stranger’ incidents

Ellon Academy
Ellon Academy

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses after an Ellon Academy pupil reported he was twice approached by strangers in a car near the school.

The incidents happened within hours on Wednesday of last week in the town’s Union Street and outside the academy.

The boy reported that he was approached by the occupants of a silver estate car at lunchtime and then again by the same people around mid-afternoon.

The school has since sent out a letter to parents and guardians warning of the dangers of being approached by strangers.

Sgt Jamie Harrison, of Ellon Police Office, who has been overseeing the inquiry, said they were continuing to investigate the incidents.

He added: “Local police have worked in partnership with Ellon Academy while investigating the incident and have spoken to pupils and street vendors, who were in the area at the material time but unfortunately to date no one has been found that witnessed the reported incident.

“I am aware that there has been speculation regarding the incident on social media sites. Some of the information being circulated thus is untrue and has not assisted the investigation.

“The initial incident is reported as having occurred on Union Street, Ellon, during the school’s lunch break and the second incident is reported as having occurred outside Ellon Academy, Schoolhill Road, immediately after school.”

Sgt Harrison said that on both occasions the streets would have been busy with pupils and parents and he urged anyone who saw the reported incident, or was at either place at the relevant time, or saw the boy to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “We can confirm we have been informed about suspicious activity near Ellon Academy by the police.

“Teaching staff have been advised of the incident, and pupils have been reminded to stay alert regarding approaches from strangers. A letter has been sent to parents and guardians.”