Appeal for witnesses as schoolgirl is approached in Leuchars

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale is appealing for any witnesses to contact the police.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale is appealing for any witnesses to contact the police.

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Police are investigating what has been described as a serious incident in Leuchars on Tuesday when a schoolgirl was approached by a driver who tried to encourage her to get into a car.

Since the incident, there has been an increased presence of officers in the area. Enquiries are continuing and reassurance is being provided to the local community.

The incident took place between 4.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. in the Schoolhill area of the village.

The schoolgirl, from Madras College (Kilrymont), was approached by a Land Rover type vehicle. The vehicle was driven by a man and a short conversation then took place in which the girl was encouraged to get into the vehicle.

No force was used and the girl was unharmed and made her way straight home.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, North East Fife local area commander, said: “This was an unusual and rare incident which is being thoroughly investigated.

“Fortunately, the girl was not harmed and the identification of the driver and vehicle is key to the success of our investigation.

“We are keeping in regular contact with Madras College and other local schools in the area, and through this contact parents are being kept up to date.

“This will continue as Police Scotland continues its efforts to trace the vehicle and driver.”

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.