International school kidnap scare: Van driver claims he was offering girl a lift in the rain

Police have determined that the van driver involved in trying to lure a female international student into his van had no ill intent.

In a letter that was issued to parents by United World College (UWC) South-east Asia, the school said that the girl was approached by a man driving a van, who asked the student to get into the vehicle.

However, according to a recent report from The Straits Times, the driver claimed that he had offered a ride to the female student as it was raining that day.

In the other incident involving a Tanglin Trust school student, the female student was walking to school from one-north MRT station when she was approached by two people in a white van to get in.

She ignored them and continued walking to school.

The two international schools, United World College (UWC) and Tanglin Trust School said that they have already sent out alerts to parents regarding the incidents.

A police spokesman said that the investigating officers have determined that the male driver had no ill intent. They have also updated the parent of the child involved in the incident on the findings, the spokesman said.

The more recent incident on Jan 16 involving a female van driver and a Tanglin Trust school student is still being investigated.

Police said such reports are treated seriously but advised the public not to speculate before the investigations are completed.

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