Source: CNA.

Police establishes no ill intent by male driver in approach of student at international school

Singapore Police Force (SPF) has stated that the male driver involved in the incidents of students being approached by strangers in van has no ill intenion, adding that investigations into the other unrelated incident involving a female driver is ongoing.

The Police also said that the parent of the child involved in the incident on the findings has been updated.

It then stressed that the Police treat such reports seriously and advised members of the public not to speculate as investigations are ongoing.

According to Channel News Asia (CNA), the 32-year-old Singaporean, claimed to have offered a ride to the teen because it was raining.

It is also understood that police established there was no ill intent on the part of the driver after speaking to the student, her parents and the man in question.

However, it is unclear which incident is the male involved in from the reports.

Earlier on Wednesday, it was reported that female students were approached by strangers and asked to get into a white van on separate occasions within a space of a few days in the vicinity of two international schools in Singapore.

The first incident took place along Dover Road on 11 January.

The Head of College of UWC South East Asia Chris Edwards also sent an email to parents of the school on 12 January saying a student had been “approached” while she was on her way home.

The school also wrote a letter to inform other schools in the area and fellow international schools, asking them to take precautionary steps.

Tanglin Trust School’s chief executive Peter Derby-Crook wrote an email to every parent of Tanglin Trust School, saying that the incident occurred when a student was walking to the school, which is located on Portsdown Road on Tuesday (16 January). He reminded parents to talk to their children advising them that if anyone approaches them that they do not know, they should ignore them and swiftly move away.