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Mistaken Identity Case Sparks Barnsley Warning

Friday January 31 2014




AN INNOCENT case of mistaken identity has prompted thousands of concerned parents to be warned against potential child snatchers.

Two Barnsley Schools - Academy and Hunningley Primary - sent out text messages to parents warning them of 'Stranger Danger' after an incident on Tuesday night.

Police were investigating after a student was approached on Hunningley Lane on Tuesday night by two men in a van.

But the men - who did not wish to be named - have since been cleared.

A family member said the men were driving home when they spotted the girl on the other side of the road  - who they thought was their niece.

"They pulled up thinking that they would offer her a lift home, they did shout at her - but as soon as she turned around they realised they were mistaken and it wasn't my daughter.

"I gather the girls look very similar to each other and it was just a misunderstanding that got totally out of hand.

"My uncle was pulled over by police and taken to the police station yesterday but once he explained what had happened it all got sorted out.

"I know it is the right thing to do to warn people of things like this but this is just a whole misunderstanding."

Police have now confirmed that they closed the book on their investigation. 

A spokesman added: "Police located and spoke with the van driver and it appears that this was a case of mistaken identity.

"Officers would like to thank the member of the public for reporting their concerns."