POLICE in Huddersfield say a text message circulating across the district suggesting an attack on a girl was linked to the deaths of six soldiers in Afghanistan is wrong.
Just after 7pm on Saturday night, police received several calls from members of the public saying a teenage girl had been seen on Whitehead Lane screaming and possibly with injuries.
The girl, described as white or Asian and around 14 or 15 years old, was seen staggering in the street, shouting and doubled over as if in pain.
At the time of this incident, a dark car and a silver Ford car were parked on Queen’s Mill Drive, opposite Riverside Snacks, with witnesses reporting that the girl was shouting at a person in the silver car to get away from her and had gotten out of this car.
The “girl” in question was later found by officers, safe and well. The 27-year woman explained that she had been approached by a man in a silver car, who thought she might have been a working girl.
The woman provided a full account of what had taken place and the investigation was closed.
However, earlier this week police say they became aware of a text message circulating in Kirklees that suggested this incident was a targeted attack against an Asian woman and was an act of retribution following the deaths of the soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment last week.
Superintendent Ged McManus of Kirklees police said: “In the incident that took place on Saturday, once we found the girl in question, it became clear that she had not been attacked and that the man who had approached her was Asian himself.
“There is therefore absolutely no basis to text messages going around Kirklees this week that have implied that this incident was a retribution attack by someone upset at the deaths of the soldiers in Afghanistan last week.
“These kinds of text messages are extremely unhelpful to both the police’s work and to the communities of Kirklees and we hope that by issuing this statement, we can set the record straight.”