Alarm as men in car approach children in west Hull area
POLICE are seeking help from the public to trace two men who have been approaching young children.
Officers have received three similar reports in the space of a few days, all in the west Hull area, of a car pulling up near to children as young as 10.
PC Mike Robinson, neighbourhood beat officer for Pickering ward, said: "The children involved have not been harmed in any way.
"But they have been frightened by the incidents."
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In the first approach, which happened at about 5pm on Thursday, September 13, a small car pulled up near a group of children, all aged 11, in Kirklands Road.
One of the two men inside the car offered the children a lollipop.
The car then moved off slowly, with both men – described as dark-skinned, possibly of mixed race – watching the children.
About 90 minutes later, two children, aged 10 and 12, were approached by a small silver car with black numbers in Ainthorpe Grove.
The driver, described as having dark skin and hair, spoke with what has been described as an accent that was "not local".
He drove off after the children refused to engage in conversation with him.
On Wednesday, September 19, a third report was made to police.
This time, a car was spotted approaching several children who were cycling along Colwall Avenue.
The two men matched descriptions given by children involved in the previous approaches.
It had led officers to believe the incidents may be linked.
Police say schools in the area have been informed and it is understood parents have been advised to talk to their children about "stranger danger".
So far, inquiries have drawn a blank, and the public are being asked to keep their eyes peeled and report any suspicious sightings to police immediately.
PC Robinson said: "We need to trace the vehicles and the drivers in these incidents in order to speak to those involved and try to find out what their intentions are."
Anyone who witnessed any of the approaches, or who has information likely to help police, is asked to call police on the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.