[01 JUN 01]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Police are investigating reports of a
man lurking in bushes and jumping out at children in Coventry.
Reports from children suggest that
the man lurks in bushes and as the children pass he jumps out at
them clutching a knife. He doesn't try to grab the children, but
makes verbal threats and points at his throat with the knife.
All the children threatened have
run off and their parents have rung the police.
The first incident happened at
around 6pm on 24 May in Jenkins Avenue, the second was in Hope
Street, Earlsdon on 27 May and the most recent in Sutton Avenue on
The man is described as black,
about 5ft 10in tall and of a large build. He has a shaven head or
very short hair and has folds of skin at the back of his neck. He
wears a gold hoop earring in his left ear.
Sergeant Phil Radbourne of Tile
"We would like to warn
parents and children that we have started receiving reports
about this man. So far he has not physically attempted to catch
hold of any of the children who have been in the 12 to 13 age
"All the children we have
spoken to say that he hangs around a favourite play area known
as the Hollybush Den which is at the bottom of grassland close
to Unicorn and Stonebury Avenue.
"We obviously want to
interview this man and would appeal to anyone with information
to contact us at Tile Hill in 024 7653 9836."