Rechelle Haigh, 26, has recently released CCTV footage of a driver pulling up outside her family home, winding down the window and shouting "come get some doughnuts" to her daughters. Fortunately, Sadè, eight, Ameya, two, and six-year-old stepdaughter Roxie didn't listen to him. Sadè remembered her stranger danger training: she rushed Roxie, alerted her mom and returned to pick up Ameya. Rechelle came out and confronted the driver, who quickly sped off.
"They were playing outside on the trampoline and I heard a screech, and it was someone doing an emergency stop," Rechelle said in an online interview. "I was sitting on my couch and I could hear someone shouting 'come on, quick girls, come get some doughnuts'. My daughter ran in saying 'mum, mum, come quick'. I thought it's probably the neighbours being nice."
"But when I approached the man he looked petrified," she recounted. "I asked him what he wanted and he said 'oh, oh, oh, I was just offering the girls some doughnuts'."
She also praised Sadè: "I’m thankful I have a very wise daughter. She was very fast. I've always taught her to run if approached by a stranger – but I never thought she would have to use it. You could see Ameya heading (towards the van). If she would have got off that trampoline, then god knows what. In a way I'm glad it happened because I can share this with my kids and other kids. I just want to get the message out there to other parents."
"The incident was reported to us at 11.30pm on October 7," said a Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman. It was believed to have happened at 2pm that day. It appears a van driver offered two girls doughnuts on Inglewood Close, Partington. He has then driven off. We are currently treating it as suspicious circumstances. Enquiries are ongoing."