Mid Wales

Row between 'screaming' girl and car driver investigated

Road checks
Image caption Police have been carrying out road checks in the area

Police are investigating reports of a row between a car driver and a screaming young girl in the back of the vehicle.

The incident was reported at around 11:00 BST outside Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi in Cardigan, Ceredigion.

Dyfed-Powys Police say the child is described as aged eight to 12 years old, and they have launched a "large-scale inquiry".

Officers are reviewing CCTV and carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

The vehicle is described as a silver saloon-type car, similar to a BMW or Laguna or Mondeo.

Police said in a statement they want to "appeal for anyone who saw a car of that description outside the school between 9am and 9:50am, or a car driving through Cardigan or the surrounding area with a child in the back seat".

It added: "If a member of the public recognises themselves as being this person, and there is an innocent explanation please feel confident to come forward and let us know, as currently this is a large-scale enquiry.

"Since receiving the report officers have been conducting extensive inquiries and liaising closely with local schools with a view to ascertaining that all children are accounted for. This work remains ongoing.

"Officers have also been reviewing CCTV in the area and conducting local house-to-house inquiries."

The man is described as being mid-40s to 50s, clean shaven with greyish hair, and was wearing a silver top and was clean shaven.

The young girl is described as being between eight to 12 years old with shoulder-length dark brown hair, and is described as being fairly skinny.

"The vehicle is believed to have driven off toward the direction of Gwbert Road, turned right back toward the junction of North Road and Aberystwyth Road. It is not yet known which direction the car continued its journey," said police.

Officers have been carrying out road checks as part of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.