x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Children warned not to accept lifts after possible abduction attempt

School issues alert after van driver approaches pupil and offers him a lift.

DUBAI // Dubai College is urging parents to warn their children against accepting lifts from strangers after what is feared was the attempted abduction of a pupil.

The boy was approached by a van driver near the Park n Shop on Al Wasl road at 7am on Monday, Peter Hill, the headmaster told parents in an email.

The driver offered the child a lift but he refused. Mr Hill said it was a one-off incident.

But he sent out an alert to parents as a precautionary measure. "It may have been a purely innocent gesture but it's better to be safe than sorry," he said.

The child's parents, who did not wish to be identified, reported the incident to the school on Monday.

"The child was upset and told his parents," said Mr Hill.

As a standard policy, Dubai College passed on the warning to other schools in the area, including Jumeirah Primary School.