Teenage girl targeted by two men trying to persuade her into car

The 14-year-old had been waiting on a bus that did not arrive before she decided to start walking.

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Harvie Avenue, Newton Mearns.

A hunt has been launched after two men tried to persuade a teenage girl into a car on Wednesday afternoon.

Between 2.45pm and 3.45pm, the 14-year-old was walking, with friends, on Harvie Avenue, Newton Mearns.

She stopped at a bus stop and began to walk off when the bus did not arrive.

As she was walking along, a red Vauxhall Meriva car, occupied by two men, drove up beside her.

One of the men began to speak to her, trying to entice her into the vehicle. Both men also shouted comments at her.

She made off from the men and the matter was reported to police.

The girl was not touched by either of the men, but she was very distressed and upset by the unwanted attention and their actions.

Police believe the men may have been working in Harvie Avenue for the last seven to ten days.

“Unwarranted attention from men can be extremely distressing,” said constable Heather Cameron.

“I am appealing to anyone who lives in the Harvie Avenue area, who may have seen these men working in the area. In particular, any motorists with dash cams are asked to check their footage as they may have captured images of the men or the Vauxhall car and these images could prove vital for us.

“I would also like to add that if anyone else has been approached or shouted at by these two men, then please do contact us. Your information could prove the vital link we need to identify and arrest the men responsible.”

One of the men is described as being aged between 30 to 36 years old, with a slim build, black hair, unkempt, black beard and brown eyes. He was wearing a black t-shirt with white writing and black jogging trousers. The clothing was covered in paint splashes.

The second man is around 19 years old, with a slim build, dark brown or black unkempt hair and a thick dark coloured moustache. He was wearing a dark coloured, possibly black, jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 2295 of June 22, 2022. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.