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[01 JUN 01] CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Bush Lurker Threatens Children

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 28 May.

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 Hill said:

"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 group.

"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."

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