Police are appealing for witnesses following two incidents of accostings in Rickinghall, earlier this morning. The first incident happened in Hinderclay Road between 8am and 8.15am today, Wednesday 14 November. A 9-year-old school girl was walking near to the community centre, when she saw a man sitting inside a parked vehicle. The man got out of the vehicle and approached her. He spoke with her and then offered her a lift to school, which she declined. The man grabbed her wrists, but she was able to get free and walk off. The man is described as white, aged between 40 to 50 years-old, approximately 5'11" tall, with a tanned complexion, had a long scar on the right side of his face running from his ear to the jawbone, had a long moustache and long black straight hair worn up in a ponytail or bun. He was wearing a dark blue hooded top with white lettering on the back, baggy light grey trousers and light brown boots. He wore a black glove on one hand with silver studs across the wrist, square dark tinted glasses, had a ‘skull and crossbones’ earring in one ear and was carrying a brown leather bag. The car is described as a dark blue people carrier, with sliding doors and dark tinted windows at the rear. The vehicle was described as 'dirty and looked old'. The second incident happened at approximately 8.10am today, Wednesday 14th November. Three 11-year-old schoolgirls were walking along Hinderclay Road when they approached a man ahead of them, who asked if they would like a lift. The girls declined and walked off. The man is described as white, aged late thirties to early forties, approximately 6 foot tall, with messy brown ‘dread locks’ tied up at the back of his head. He was wearing a long tan coloured raincoat, jeans and black work boots. A woman was seen with the man prior to the incident and returning to him afterwards. The woman is described as white, aged in her early twenties, with shoulder length dark brown hair, between 5'8" and 5'10" tall and was wearing a purple long-sleeved top and blue jeans. It is unknown at this stage if these two incidents are linked.
Also in Rickinghall, between Wednesday 14th November and 15th November on Mill Lane, a wooden cupboard was stolen from the end of a driveway which contained eggs for sale and the cash tin.
Eye: Overnight between Saturday 17th November and Sunday 18th November, unknown offenders have gained entry to the Essex and Suffolk waterworks on Hoxne Road by cutting the chain link fence and entering a workshop by cutting the lock. At this stage it is unknown if anything has been stolen.
Mendham: At 01:00 on Thursday 8th November, unknown offenders have entered the rear garden of a property on Withersdale Road and stolen 9 copper cylinders. Entry was gained by cutting the rear wire fence.
Laxfield: Overnight on Friday 9th November, a vehicle parked on the driveway of a property on Noyes Avenue had a ball bearing fired at it, causing the rear window to smash.
Southolt: Overnight on Monday 12th November, offenders have entered the gardens of a property on The Street, and used an axe to break the lock from a barn. The barn was entered and an off road motorbike and Ifor Williams trailer stolen from within.