A man has been charged after a teenage girl was approached by a stranger in the Three Bridges area of Crawley on Wednesday morning, 13 October.
David Peter Young, 32, a chef, of Garton Close, Ifield, Crawley, has been charged with kidnap with intent to commit a relevant sexual offence, kidnap, impersonating a police officer and two breaches of a sexual harm prevention order.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 16 October.
Just after 8am on Wednesday the 14-year-old girl, on her way to school in the Three Bridges area, was approached by a man wearing a yellow hi-viz jacket, who took her to an adjacent area off the road and searched her clothing before cycling off. The girl is safe and unharmed and is receiving support.
Superintendent Marc Clothier said: “We want to reassure people we have not received any similar reports at this time and there is no current risk to anyone in the community in relation to this case.
“You will see more uniformed patrols in the area and we encourage you to stop and talk to us if you have any concerns.
“If you have any information that would assist our investigation, please call us on 101, quoting Operation Lonsdale.”