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Fennel Sun 19-Jan-20 12:06:38

On Sat. am I was walking down a pedestrianised street towards a busy road. I could see some young person at the end of the street wandering about very unsteady. When I got there it was a girl, about 16 . She seemed v. anxious and was crying and shaking. Flimsy clothing. I spoke to her and said she should go home, it was too cold to be out dressed like that. She asked me if I smoked, which I don't. She started crying again. It wasn't alcohol.
I didn't have my phone on me but was debating whether to go into a shop and asking them to ring 999. Or whether that would make things worse.
Then a police car came up and 2 policeman made a dash for her as she'd done a runner when she saw them. Someone else must have seen and reported.
The poor girl - I suppose it was some kind of drug, but what else was she being subjected to?
And what can the police do?

TwiceAsNice Sun 19-Jan-20 12:10:27

You don’t know the previous circumstances and the police can help her, if only to keep her safe whilst they decide what to do. You were trying to help so well done for not just ignoring her but the police are good I think

Hetty58 Sun 19-Jan-20 12:12:20

You'll never know what it was about, could be anything. I would have done the same, reported to the police in some way, just in case.

Yehbutnobut Sun 19-Jan-20 12:22:31

The police can do a lot.

crazyH Sun 19-Jan-20 12:27:53

So sad....I don't know what the answer is, but I think the Police will eventually find her and sort something out for her, She certainly needs help. I feel really sad...I have a grand daughter the same age.

Nannarose Sun 19-Jan-20 12:30:21

The police can indeed do a lot, and in my experience, are usually very kind and helpful. It is true that some people undergoing a mental breakdown (also a possibility) are kept inappropriately in police cells, but that is the fault of the system in general / NHS resources.
I have also found that the police are good at mobilising resources, so I hope this poor girl got some help.

Gin0rW1ne Sun 19-Jan-20 13:15:54

You did the right thing x

Fennel Sun 19-Jan-20 17:12:31

Thanks to all - I'm still thinking about her, just round the corner from us.
As some of you say, could be a problem of mental illness.

love0c Sun 19-Jan-20 17:30:13

Yes I would have done the same. The police have the power to ask questions and keep her safe till they get the answers.

DanniRae Sun 19-Jan-20 19:05:27

Well done for trying to help the poor girl - it's so easy to pass on by and do nothing.