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Police advice for pedestrians after 'suspicious incident' in Borehamwood
5:02pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
Police have issued safety advice after a woman reported being followed by two men in Borehamwood.
The 20-year-old female was walking home from Baker Court when she telephoned her father “hysterically” to say two men had asked her for her mobile phone at 9pm last Tuesday.
She then walked towards Stratfield Road, where a relative lived, by which time the two men had gotten into a van and were tailing the woman while continuing to ask for her phone.
At one point, they threatened to “take her with it” if she did not hand it over but after arriving at her relative’s home, the van drove off, her mother told the Borehamwood Times.
The mother, who asked not to be named, said: “She was followed for her phone but she ignored them. When she didn’t hand it over, they said they would take her with it. But because they didn’t touch her, the police are only treating it as a suspicious incident.”
Hertfordshire Police has declined to comment on the incident, only issuing a statement stating that claims of a kidnap or abduction attempt circulating on Facebook were “misleading and inaccurate”.
However, the force has issued safety advice to pedestrians out late at night, such as stick to busy and well-lit areas; keep with friends rather than walk alone; stay alert; don’t use headphones as you may not hear someone approaching; and if you believe someone is following you, go to the nearest busy place like a petrol station.