Social media reports not true, Kimberley RCMP says

Social media reports saying van targeting children are erroneous, police say

  • Oct. 30, 2014 3:00 p.m.

While social media can be very helpful in spreading information, it can also be a problem in spreading incorrect information.

Kimberley RCMP are confirming that they are investigating a suspicious occurrence involving a van but, contrary to stories circulating on social media locally, no one has reported that children have been targeted.

Cpl. Chris Newel says that on October 25, 2014 at 5:03 am, the Kimberley RCMP received a report of a suspicious occurrence on the 200 block of Spokane Street. A 23-year-old Kimberley man had been approached by two other men who yelled at him to get in the van. The Kimberley man fled on foot and the two men in a grey panel van drove away.

“No further description is available of the two suspects or the van,” Newel said. “Local social media posts have indicated that children have been the target of this suspicious van but police have yet to receive any other reports. Anyone with any information suggesting that children have been targeted should report it immediately to their local police.”

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects is asked to call the Kimberley RCMP or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).