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Appeal for information after boy forced to drink unknown liquid

Appeal for information after boy forced to drink unknown liquid

Police are appealing for information after a boy reported he was forced to drink an unknown liquid during an incident in Coleshill.

The 13-year-old was at an unknown location in Coleshill at between 1.00pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 14 July when he was approached by someone who threatened him and forced him to drink the liquid.The boy returned home where he was sick and taken to hospital. He was later discharged.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that could help police with their enquiries can call 101 quoting incident 285 of 14 July 2018. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sergeant Neil Pearsall from the North Warwickshire Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "In highlighting this incident I'd like to remind young people of the importance of staying safe over the summer holidays. While North Warwickshire is a very safe place for children and I'd encourage them to go out and enjoy the nice weather, there are some simple steps they can take to stay safe.

"We will have high visibility patrols in place over the summer to help keep children safe."

Advice for children

  • Don't be afraid to trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, take action to avoid it.
  • Always tell your parents where you are going, who you are going with, and when you will be back.
  • Avoid short cuts through quiet and dark places - keep away from odd and out of the way places if you can.
  • Cross the road if you see people you don't feel comfortable about.
  • Avoid talking to strangers.
  • Never go anywhere with a stranger.
  • If you're approached by a stranger always tell your parents.
  • Mobile phones and other expensive electrical products are attractive to thieves. Be careful where you use them and be aware of what's happening around you if you use them.
  • If travelling on a bus or train always try to sit with other families.
  • If you get lost or are concerned about your safety seek help from a police officer, another grown up with children, or someone working in a nearby shop.
  • Make sure you know your address and parents' phone number off by heart.

Advice for parents

  • Talk to your children about the types of dangers they could face when they are out on their own and what they should do in a certain situation.
  • Set some rules - let your child know where they can and can't go and explain why. Set a time they need to be home by.
Published 27/07/18