How Panics Start…

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car drove slowly past a 10-year-old girl cycling home from school in Crowle.



The girl’s mother was cycling a short distance behind her daughter at the time, but reported the car, which contained two men, because she felt it was suspicious.

Presumably, if they’d driven past at speed, she’d have been reassured?

I mean, good grief! A license plate would have helped. Perhaps it wasn’t being driven that slowly after all?

It does, of course, come at a time when there’s a bit of a flap on, and is, of course, ‘helped’ by social media:

The report comes as detectives in Scunthorpe investigate the apparent attempted abductionof an 11-year-old girl in Annes Crescent last Friday.Yesterday, police appealed to residents not to panic over unfounded rumours of other incidents being spread on social networks including Facebook, and said “hoax” reports risked harming their investigation.

A spokesman said today: “Officers are keen to reiterate that children and their parents do need to be aware of the general stranger danger advice.

“However, we would also point out that there is no reason to panic and worry unduly. North Lincolnshire is a very safe place to live and work.

“If anyone saw the car and has any more information about it or the people travelling in it, or indeed the driver of the vehicle itself, they are asked to call police on 101.”

Comments are interesting. The non-hysterics are – just about – winning over the easily-panicked, but it’s a pretty close run thing at the time of writing this post…

13 comments for “How Panics Start…

  1. November 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Come on, make your minds up, do you actually want cars to drive slowly in residential areas or not? 😈

    • November 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Doesn’t matter. Fast or slow, all drivers are criminals and must be fined.

      • November 3, 2012 at 5:42 am


  2. November 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I don’t suppose slowing down might have anything to do with an array of speed bumps, chicanes, causeway cushions or vehicles coming in the opposite direction which sometimes happen near schools?

    • November 3, 2012 at 5:54 am

      Well, quite!

  3. bilbaoboy
    November 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    When I see a cyclist I slow down.

    I must be:
    a terrorist
    a paedo
    a kidnapper
    a perve in general

  4. November 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Good grief, I rode past a McDonalds the other day and it was slow going up that hill. Inside McDonalds, I presume there were some little girls. [Anxiously chomps on hand]

    • November 3, 2012 at 5:54 am


  5. November 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    This sort of hair trigger response is the result of the media constantly ramming peado hysteria down people’s throats.

    Yes there are nonces and yes people have to take care of their children but there comes a point when it goes beyond care and becomes paranoia.

    I worry sometimes if this hysteria is having negative affects on children’s socialisation. If you are always told to fear the new person how will they grow up?

    • November 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Then there’s the hair trigger response that causes the police to get a helicopter out to track a father and child just because someone heard the kid having a tantrum and assumed the worst.

      • November 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

        Good lord, if I called a police chopper out every time some brat had a tantrum in Southend High Street, the place would look like the opening scenes from a 70s Vietnam war flick!

  6. Tatty
    November 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    In the summer a cyclist slowed down behind my daughter and her friends when they were walking to school, whipped out a camera phone and started taking photos of their backsides and legs.

    They noticed and…without letting on that they had…carried on walking to the nearest public bin then turned on him screaming.

    To screeches of “yer fucking perve !!!!”…and all kinds of filth out of the bin flung at him…said perve completely crapped himself and pedalled off fast.

    A flurry of BBM messages and Facebook posts and within seconds all their online “friends” in every secondary school in the surrounding area was warned and encouraged to do the same. Oddly enough though he wasn’t spotted after that.

    Who needs the police ? 😆

    • November 3, 2012 at 5:55 am


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