A teenager in Croxley Green was approached by an “aggressive beggar” yesterday evening demanding money (October 15).
The 16-year-old girl was walking near to the Red House pub, Watford Road, at 7.55pm when she was approached by a man, who is believed to be homeless, and asked her for money.
His manner made her feel frightened, so she knocked on the door of a nearby house to ask for help.
At no point did the man attempt to touch or grab her.
Officers attended to reassure the girl and her mother but the man had already left the area.
He was described as Asian and aged in his 20s. He was wearing a grey jumper, with jeans and a hat.
Sergeant Neil Canning, from the Rickmansworth and Croxley Green Safer Neighbourhood Team. said: “This was an understandably unsettling incident for the young girl and officers attended to speak to her and her mother.
“We know the public will have at the forefront of their minds the previous incidents in Three Rivers last week where a man reportedly approached school children.
“However, we received another call earlier yesterday evening from a male member of the public who told us he was approached by a man matching the same description.
“The man had told the caller he was homeless and began aggressively begging for money so we believe this to be the same man who approached the girl.
“Following CCTV enquiries, we have identified the suspect as a white male. Therefore we are satisfied this is an isolated incident, so we are not linking it to our investigations into the other reports.
“We will of course be making separate enquiries into these two incidents and my team are aware of the man’s description so they can look out of him when out on patrol.”